Police release new details in slaying of attorney in Southlake

Posted Friday, May. 31, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
How to help Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Southlake Detective Karl Moore at 817-748-8127 or Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS (8477).

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Authorities investigating the fatal shooting of a Mexican attorney at Southlake Town Square said Friday that the gunman likely used a 9 mm handgun and that he fled in a Toyota Sequoia.

Southlake police said in a news release that bullet fragments from the body of Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa indicate that the murder weapon was a 9 mm.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed that the vehicle is a Toyota Sequoia made from 2001 and 2004, police say.

Guerrero, 43, was in the passenger seat while his wife loaded shopping bags into their Range Rover when the shooting occurred May 22.

Surveillance cameras captured the slow-moving Sequoia pulling up behind the Ranger Rover at 6:47 p.m.

The gunman, his face partly covered with cloth, stepped out, walked quickly toward Guerrero and fired at least nine times.

Guerrero, who was struck in the upper body, was pronounced dead a short time later at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine.

His wife was not hit.

The gunman fled in the Sequoia west on Southlake Boulevard, also known as Farm Road 1709.

Police have said they do not believe he is still in the area.

“This was done by an organization with a specific target,” Southlake Police Chief Stephen Mylett previously told reporters. “There is no continual threat here.”

The release says Southlake police could not confirm media reports that Guerrero was an attorney with ties to Mexican criminal organizations and had provided information to federal authorities.

“The Southlake Police Department is unable to confirm these reports and will continue to report factual information as it develops in the course of this investigation,” the release says.

Guerrero, who was in the U.S. legally, had a private business in Mexico and had practiced law in Texas, mostly in McAllen, in South Texas.

The Mexico City-based newsmagazine Proceso has described Guerrero as an alleged narcoabogado (lawyer for drug dealers) who is believed to have participated in the “legal defense of members of the Gulf Cartel.”

Evidence is being examined by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office, the FBI Evidence Response Team, and the forensic unit of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the release says.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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