Teen charged in San Juan shooting death

Guadalupe Ulysses Perales, left, and Jose Angel Perez are arraigned in the case of a San Juan shooting death on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (The Monitor)

This story has been updated to include comment from the police chief.

SAN JUAN — Police here are investigating the county’s first reported shooting death of the year after a teenager was killed Thursday.

San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez took to Twitter on Thursday night to announce that his officers are investigating a shooting that occurred at a home in the 4300 block of Rosie Street around 5 p.m. A male juvenile died, who police have yet to identify, later that evening, according to Gonzalez’s tweet.

Two 17-year-olds were taken into custody and one was charged Friday for his alleged role in the incident.

Guadalupe Ulysses Perales was arraigned on one count of manslaughter, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of a controlled substance. San Juan Municipal Court Judge Rick Perez set his combined cash bond at $100,000.

Jose Angel Perez, who was present at the time of the shooting, only faces the two possession charges. His bond was set at a combined $20,000.

Family members of the defendants waiting outside the arraignment declined to speak with media, but could be overheard discussing how the shooting was an accident. However, according to the police chief, Perales “recklessly grabbed the weapon (and) pointed it in the direction of the victim and pulled the trigger,” firing one shot that struck the victim in the abdomen.

The police chief described Perales and Perez as friends of the victim, and said they were about to hang out at the home with two females when the shooting occurred.

Upon being read his charges during Friday’s arraignment, Perales asked the judge why he was being charged with possession “if I didn’t get caught with nothing there.”

“Evidently, in the place where the incident happened, there were these drugs so everybody is being charged with that,” the judge replied, adding they could “dispute those charges with the district attorney’s office” once they hire or are appointed an attorney.

Additional details surrounding the incident remain unknown, and the probable cause affidavits were not immediately made available following the arraignment.