Delivery driver shot in Beaumont after argument with homeowner
BEAUMONT, Calif., — Authorities say a local man was arrested after following and then shooting at a delivery driver after a confrontation at the alleged suspect’s home Monday afternoon, April 4.
Despite being shot, the victim was able to drive himself to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.
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City of Beaumont police detectives began investigating the shooting around 1:45 p.m. after receiving information that a shooting victim was in the emergency room of a local hospital.
According to Beaumont PD, the victim told hospital staff he had been shot by a man in the area of Highland Springs and 1st Street.
Detectives soon learned that the victim had been in the area of 1500 Leland Avenue delivering items to a residence when he was confronted by the homeowner, since identified as 46-year-old Jaime Lopez Bedolla.
After being confronted, the delivery driver left the area; however, Bedolla followed him from the area and shot the victim through the door of his vehicle.
Officials have declined to specify what the victim was delivering, what the reported argument was about, or how the disagreement led to the shooting, but have said that the victim was not part of a known delivery service such as UberEATS, Doordash or InstaCart.
Based on their investigation detectives ultimately arrested Bedolla and he was later booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Online jail records indicate he was released the day after his arrest after posting $50,000 bail or bond.
This case is still under investigation, and anyone with additional information is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Macias at (951) 769-8500. Callers can refer to incident file number 2204B-0472 and information can also be reported anonymously at email@example.com.
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