Man Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter for Shooting Death of Brother

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Update by Santa Barbara District Attorney

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that felony charges have been filed against Fernando Navarro, 19, of Santa Maria, in connection with the February 3, 2018, shooting death of Leonardo Navarro, also of Santa Maria.  The felony complaint charges Involuntary Manslaughter, in violation of Penal Code section 192(b); Discharge of a Firearm with Gross Negligence, in violation of Penal Code 246.3; and Unlawful Firearm Activity, in violation of Penal Code 29815.  In addition to those charges, special allegations that Mr. Navarro personally used a firearm and inflicted great bodily injury are also alleged.

Mr. Navarro entered a not guilty plea in Department 9 of the Santa Maria Superior Court and will next appear at 8:30 a.m., February 15, 2018, in Department 6 of Santa Maria Superior Court for setting of a preliminary hearing.

Bail was set at $130,000.


Update by Santa Maria Police Department

Shooting victim dies as a result of his gunshot wound.

The 13-year-old victim of a shooting from Saturday has died as a result of his gunshot wound. The victim has been identified as Leonardo Navarro, a resident of Santa Maria. 

This investigation is still ongoing.


Source: Santa Maria Police Department

On February 3, 2018 at 12:03 pm patrol officers were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of W. Polk regarding a shooting. Upon arriving they found a 13 year old male suffering from a gunshot wound. The juvenile was taken to a hospital in Santa Barbara by air ambulance.

Detectives conducted an investigation and arrested the juvenile's brother, Fernando Navarro for Shooting Firearm in Grossly Negligent Manner and Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited by Court Order. Navarro was booked into jail on the listed charges.

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Channelfog Feb 06, 2018 11:19 AM
Man Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter for Shooting Death of Brother

I believe? I believe heroin should be harder to get yet it is readily available. As I stated below, education is the only hope for humanity regarding this and just about every other issue. Black markets are exceedingly lucrative and therefore unstoppable. Your sentiment strikes me as both sincere and impractical at the same time.

Channelfog Feb 06, 2018 03:14 AM
Man Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter for Shooting Death of Brother

Prohibition worked really well for Alcohol and drugs, right? Gun education should be mandatory in schools so kids will be aware of the real dangers of messing around with firearms. "I don't want my child to be involved with guns.", argument is naive as at some point most children will be in the presence of firearms. It is critical that they know how to check to see if a firearm is loaded, how to unload it and to know that at no moment, whether loaded or not, should it ever be pointed towards a person. I was brought up with firearms and this education was strictly adhered to. Safe habits avoid accidents. Education is always the solution.

oceandrew Feb 05, 2018 03:49 PM
Man Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter for Shooting Death of Brother

Certainly not enough training in how to handle them safely, that's for sure. Wasn't there an organization that focused on such training? It was quite rigorous as I recall when I became a member, 50 years ago, at the tender age of 11. Now it just represents manufacturers and lobbying for the greater ease in their sale and distribution.

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