Two Teens Arrested in Murder of Hemet 15-Year-Old

The Hemet Police Department says a San Jacinto man and a Hemet woman were both arrested in the shooting death of 15-year-old Maurice Bradford.

Two teenagers were behind bars Thursday, suspected of shooting a Hemet 15-year-old to death this weekend.

Hemet Police Lt. Duane Wisehart says a San Jacinto man and a Hemet woman were arrested Wednesday after murder investigators linked them to the death of Maurice Bradford.

“We are very lucky to have such a dedicated, hard working group of detectives," Acting Police Chief Rob Webb said in an emailed statement.  "They are a relentless bunch that made it clear they would not sleep until the suspects responsible in this case were arrested.    We would also like to thank the District Attorney's Office for their team work and guidance on this case."  

Those arrested have been identified as 18-year-old Damonica Lewis of Hemet and 19-year-old Shakir Metoyer of San Jacinto.  Jail records indicate the two have both been booked on a murder charge.

According to Wisehart, investigators believe the two knew the boy who was killed, but the extent of their relationship is still being worked out.

He also tells Patch that more suspects may be arrested in the case.

"It's possible, yes," he said, when asked Thursday if more arrests are forthcoming.  "We're still pretty deep into [the investigation.]"

15-year-old Maurice Bradford was shot in the 500 block of Montecito Ave. in Hemet just after midnight on July 27, according to police.  

"The responding units located a male gunshot victim on the ground in the middle of the street and began lifesaving efforts," Lt. Eric Dickson said the morning of the shooting.  "Despite the efforts of emergency personnel, the victim succumbed to his injuries."

Police previously told Patch the boy had been shot multiple times in the chest area, and that the incident may have been gang-related.


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