Suspect Arrested in Connection to Bar Fight that Led to Shooting in Redwood City
Above: Diego Perez-Pinzon arrest photo | San Mateo PD
A San Mateo County man has been arrested in connection to an alleged shooting that began as a bar fight.
According to a press release by the San Mateo Police Department, officers responded to a shooting incident reported on the unit block of 37th Avenue shortly before 1 AM on April 14. An immediate investigation was launched at the scene by SMPD officers.
According to witness accounts and video surveillance footage, a group of three unknown suspects had an altercation with two men inside a local bar. During the altercation, one of the suspects allegedly punched one of the men in the face.
The fight then continued outside the bar, where one of the suspects retrieved a firearm from a nearby vehicle. The suspect allegedly fired one round into the sky and then discharged two to three additional rounds into the ground. One of the rounds aimed at the ground reportedly grazed a man’s ankle, causing a minor scrape.
The three suspects fled the scene in two vehicles before SMPD’s arrival, the Sheriff’s Office said.
SMPD continued their investigation, leading to the identification of the primary suspect in the shooting as 25-year-old Diego Perez-Pinzon. On May 3, during the early morning hours, SMPD arrested Perez-Pinzon near his residence in Redwood City. Perez-Pinzon was taken into custody without incident and subsequently booked into the San Mateo County Jail.
Diego Perez-Pinzon faces multiple charges, including assault with a firearm, negligent discharge of a firearm, criminal threats, exhibiting a firearm, possession of a firearm by a person on probation, and carrying a loaded firearm.
It was unclear at press time whether Perez-Pinzon had retained an attorney.