A service weapon belonging to a San Bernardino County Sheriff‘s deputy was used in Saturday’s double slaying of a mother and son by a parolee who then shot himself to death, authorities confirmed Monday.
Sheriff’s officials said the details of how a parolee managed to acquire Deputy Andrew Gressley’s department-issued Glock .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol remain unknown.
“The gun was stolen,” said Lt. Rick Ells, adding that he was unsure whether it was taken in a residential or vehicle burglary.
Investigators declined to say whether the deputy reported his gun stolen.
The Glock was found Saturday beside the body of 25-year-old Joey Demello, whom authorities said committed suicide in the Park Moabi trailer park near Needles.
Demello is believed to have fatally shot 21-year-old Anthony Raygosa about 5:30 a.m. Saturday inside the victim’s home in the 2700 block of East Chaparral Street. Demello also shot and killed Raygosa’s 47-year-old mother, Daniella, after she came out of her bedroom to investigate the noise.
Ontario police say Demello then kidnapped his ex-girlfriend, Ashlee Saldana, who was dating Raygosa and had slept over at his home the night before.
After a warrant was issued for Demello’s arrest, police found his body near Needles. Saldana was discovered unharmed nearby. Authorities immediately ran the gun’s serial number and realized it was registered with the Sheriff’s Department.
Ells said he is barred from discussing matters directly related to the deputy because it is a personnel issue. He did, however, say he was unaware of any allegations that Gressley violated department policy.
Gressley, a 2002 graduate of Ontario High School, could not be reached for comment Monday.
“If there was any sort of allegation of a policy violation or anything criminal, we do an administrative investigation,” Ells said, adding that is standard operating procedure.
Investigators said Monday they are still trying to determine whether Demello and Gressley knew each other or had any connection.
“There may be a twice removed thing but I don’t know the exact details,” Ells said.
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