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2nd victim in shootout named

May 15, 2008|David Kelly

Authorities have identified the second person killed in a gun battle with Riverside County sheriff's deputies on the Soboba Indian Reservation on Monday night.

Angelica Lopez, 30, also known as Tamara Angela Hurtado, was shot dead after a gunfight with deputies, said Riverside County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez. Joseph Arres, 26, also died in the shootout. Both lived on the reservation.

The two suspects, both members of the Soboba tribe, were found near a football field. They were killed after an hourlong firefight involving nine deputies. Both were armed with military-style rifles.

In the last week, three tribal members have died in gunfights with deputies on the reservation. There have been six shootings in or near the reservation in the last six months.

Tensions between the tribe and law enforcement are running high. Tribal Chairman Robert Salgado said he may file a lawsuit against the Sheriff's Department.

A meeting is scheduled for Friday between members of the tribe, the Sheriff's Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and representatives from the office of U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands) to try to defuse the crisis.

-- David Kelly

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