A Cathedral City police officer fatally shot a man who opened fire after killing a woman in a shopping center parking lot Sunday afternoon, investigators said.
The woman has been identified as Paola Minero, 23, of Desert Hot Springs. And, the man, who was shot and killed by police, was Roberto Tapia, 28, of La Quinta, according to the Riverside County coroner's office.
According to published reports, Tapia and Minero were the parents of three children and had been estranged.
The shootings occurred about 4:45 p.m. near Big 5 Sporting Goods at Date Palm Drive and McCallum Way, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the case.
Roberto Tapia was apparently in the US illegally thanks to Riverside's sanctuary policy.
Roberto Tapia Criminal History:
June 2, 2009 – PC 12303 Possession of Destructive Device / Conviction / 36mos. Probation, 8 days jail
December 26, 2012 – PC 69 Resist Officer w/ force / Conviction / 36 mos. Probation, 10 days jail
March 11, 2014 – VC 23152 / DUI / Conviction / 36 mos. Probation, fine
May 19, 2016 – PC 243(e)(1) / Spousal Battery / Conviction / 36 mos. Probation, 45 days jail *Condition of probation – Firearm Restriction
November 30, 2016 – Probation Violation / Probation Reinstated / 9 days jail
November 30, 2016 – PC 273.5 (F)(2) / Domestic Violence / Conviction PC 236 / False Imprisonment / Felony / Conviction / 36mos. Probation, 90 days jail