As of Monday, August 6, 2018
SUNNYSIDE Nearly two weeks ago, on July 6, Sunnyside Police responded to the 1400 block of West Madison Avenue after a resident reported hearing gunfire.
It wasn’t until the following day they learned they had a homicide investigation on their hands.
During the initial investigation, officers weren’t able to find evidence of gunfire. They knocked on doors, and neighbors said they didn’t know anything, Cmdr. Scott Bailey said.
The home in question appeared secure, he said.
“There were no signs of an emergency at that time,” Bailey said.
Officers need an indication of an emergency before they can force entry into a residence.
Family members of Ramon Villalobos Jr., 23, called police asking for a welfare check.
He hadn’t gone to work and hadn’t contacted family members, Bailey said. “It’s unlike him.”
Officers returned and found an unsecured window. They entered to find Villalobos’ body in the living room. He’d been shot several times in the torso, and an autopsy revealed he bled to death.
Police are looking for a witness who may have been a second victim.
There aren’t any suspects being named, Bailey said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Sunnyside Police Department at 509-836-6200.