INDIO, Calif. - A man accused of shooting his wife's brother, who cited the suspect's temper in refusing to allow him to move in, is awaiting extradition to the Coachella Valley from Arizona to face attempted
murder and other charges.
Javier Solis Jr., 24, is accused of shooting the victim just after midnight Wednesday in Desert Hot Springs, then fleeing across state lines. He was taken into custody several hours later in Quartzsite, Arizona, about 20 miles east of Blythe, and remains in a jail cell in Parker, where he was booked at 4:45 that morning.
The Riverside County District Attorney's Office charged him on Thursday with attempted murder, assault with a semi-automatic firearm, possession of a firearm, evading arrest and domestic violence, all with allegations of committing the offenses while out on bail.
The victim, whose name was withheld, suffered a "shattered left elbow'' from a single gunshot and was hospitalized at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, according to an arrest warrant declaration.
Police say the victim met with Solis and his wife after the couple ran out of gas at the corner of Desert View Avenue and Cactus Drive. After bringing a gas can to fill up the car, the victim began discussing his sister and her child moving in with him, the declaration states. Solis then asked if
he, too, could move in, but the brother-in-law refused, citing Solis' "volatile temper,'' according to the document.
An argument ensued, leading Solis to brandish a handgun while still sitting in the driver's seat and shoot his brother-in-law, the declaration alleges. He then drove off and dropped off his wife at a local business before leading California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit that crossed into
Arizona, where he was taken into custody by members of the Quartzsite Police Department.
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