Police Wednesday evening arrested a man suspected fatally shooting another man who was among a group of people chasing the shooter who was believed to have stolen something from a vehicle in Covina.

ABC7 reported about 4:50 p.m. Wednesday that Covina Police Department officers responded to and surrounded an apartment complex in the area of Bonnie Cove Avenue and Calora Street after a UPS driver reported seeing a man matching the shooter’s description at the multi-unit structure.

The man barricaded inside one of the apartments and refused officers’ orders to surrender. Police eventually shot the man with less-than lethal rounds, subduing him and allowing officers to take him into custody about 8 p.m.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, fatally shot another man about 11 p.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of Covina Boulevard, according to police.

Authorities did not immediately release the man’s name, but relatives identified him to ABC7 as Joey Casias, 38, a father of three and a 19-year UPS employee. A GoFundMe account established to help the family had raised about $6,400 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Officers were initially sent to the 1100 block of North Charter Drive about 11 p.m. Tuesday on a report of “a suspect who had allegedly committed a theft from a vehicle,” police said in a statement.

“The suspect had been seen by multiple neighbors who followed him as he fled to the area in the 1800 block of East Covina Boulevard,” police said.

“Several of these neighbors confronted the suspect and during the confrontation, the suspect brandished a handgun. The suspect fired the weapon multiple times at the group, striking one. This victim, a male adult resident of Covina, died at the scene.”

Anyone with information on the fatal shooting was urged to call Covina police detectives at 626-384-5622, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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