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Gooding Police Department Investigates Homicide
Gooding, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) 5:30 PM UPDATE: The Gooding City Police Chief Jeffery Perry has confirmed that one of the suspects in the homicide has been arrested. The suspect was arrested in Salt Lake City. Perry told us that names of both suspects would likely be released sometime on Tuesday.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Gooding Police Department is investigating a homicide that took place over the weekend. The Chief of Police for the Gooding Police Department tells us this is the first homicide in the city in 20 years.
Gooding police officers are busy following up on leads and tips after a weekend homicide. Police found twenty four year old Alejandro Perez Lopez with multiple stab wounds.
"Patrol arrived on scene and the victim succumbed to his wounds. At that point in time I was notified and our detective was notified to secure the scene at the hospital,” said Gooding Chief of Police Jeffery Perry.
Lopez was dropped off in the North Canyon Medical Center parking lot. Police indicated that the black Toyota pickup truck used in the stabbing was located.
"We tracked video from different businesses in the area and the hospital itself and we were able to identify the two men that dropped him off at the hospital and the vehicle," said Police Chief Jeffery Perry.
The death has shaken up a normally quiet community.
"This is an isolated incident. This isn't any type of non random deal. At this point we don't think that the public is any danger," said Police Chief Jeffery Perry.
Even though the Police Department tells us this was an isolated incident, residents are still concerned.
"It's a little nerve racking especially because I have young children. But I'm hoping the Police Department here will figure it out and whoever is up to it will be stopped. It is scary though to know that it happened here in Gooding. I never thought something like that would happen in Gooding,” said Megan Looney, a Gooding Resident.
"You know it's a little weird. I'm not used to seeing or hearing this kind of stuff. But I still feel safe living in this town; you can't condemn a place for one homicide,” said Gooding Resident Lonnie Scrugg.
The Gooding City Police Department is asking anyone with any information to call 934–8435.