A felon accused of killing a woman and seriously wounding her friend in a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting in Hemet is slated to be arraigned next week on a murder charge.
Brian Kevin Kumpe, 38, of Hemet, was arrested last week following a Hemet Police Department investigation into the slaying of the victim, identified in court documents only as “Pamela D.,” in the 400 block of North Elk Street, near Devonshire Avenue.
Along with murder, Kumpe is charged with attempted murder, assault with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a gun and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
He’s being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and is scheduled to appear before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst at the Banning Justice Center on Sept. 3.
Hemet police Lt. Nate Miller said Kumpe confronted Pamela and her friend, identified in documents only as “D.D.,” about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15 as they sat in a parked car.
According to Miller and court documents, the defendant pulled alongside the vehicle in his SUV and allegedly opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
“Investigators learned that a previous disagreement between Kumpe and one of the two women resulted in him shooting them when the three adults crossed paths,” the lieutenant said.
He said patrol officers, who were headed to another call, heard the gunfire and went to the location.
Pamela died at the scene, while the other woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds from which she is recovering.
Detectives developed leads that pointed to Kumpe as the alleged perpetrator, and the next day, he was taken into custody without incident in San Jacinto, according to Miller.
He made an initial court appearance last week and was appointed a public defender.
According to court records, the defendant has prior convictions for robbery, attempted robbery and burglary.
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