Two arrested, another wanted after Coachella pursuit

Officers on patrol make arrests after hearing gun fired nearby

COACHELLA, Calif. - Coachella Police says just after 2:00 am Sunday morning, officers heard a gun shot and saw a dark-colored SUV driving in the area of Frederick St. and Avenue 52.

The SUV lead police on a short chase.  The pursuit ended at a cul-de-sac on Calle Camacho south of Avenue 53 where two male Hispanics fled the vehicle.

A passenger, Mario Hernandez, age 34 of Coachella, was arrested at the scene without incident and a recently fired shotgun was found in the vehicle.

A large search of the surrounding area resulted in the arrest of the driver, identified as Arturo Hernandez, age 35 of Coachella.

Hernandez was arrested for evading police in a motor vehicle, possession of cocaine, conspiracy, and negligent discharge of a firearm. Mario Hernandez was arrested for conspiracy and negligent discharge of a firearm.

Police are still looking for a third male suspect.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Coachella Police Department at (760) 863-8990. Information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-STOP."

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