March 19, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are conducting a homicide investigation in northwest San Angelo.
At approximately 4:26 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Walnut Street for the report of a shooting victim.
While en route, responding officers were updated with the suspect’s clothing description and location of the victim.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., responding officers located the suspect in the 2000 block of Bailey Street. The suspect, who was later identified as Gabriel James Ortiz Sr., was taken into custody and detained without incident. The shooting victim, 28-year-old San Angelo resident Ernesto Hernandez, was located deceased in the backyard of a nearby residence. Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded to the scene and formally pronounced Hernandez deceased.
The Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to assist with the follow-up investigation and multiple patrol units were utilized to cordon off the area.
Ortiz will be charged with Murder. This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released when it becomes available.