Gang member arrested in gunfire incident

Police say he was found with a loaded gun

Indio police officers were in the area of Avenue 45 and Jackson Street when they heard gunshots in the area.

The officers investigated where the gunfire was coming from, speaking with several people on the 83000 block of Lupine Avenue. While speaking with residents, a man, identified as Joel “Chato” Acevedo, was seen walking away and dropping several items, later found to be bullets, in a bush.

Officers detained Acevedo and searched the vehicle has was coming from. The search revealed a loaded .40 Cal Springfield Armory XD semi-automatic pistol.

According to IPD, Acevedo is on GPS parole and is a well documented Penn West gang member. He was booked into Riverside County Jail for several felonies and his parole was revoked.

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