WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting death early this morning at the New York Store, 2254 Isaacs Ave.
Deputies were dispatched to the store at 2:30 a.m. on a report of breaking and entering with a shooting.
When deputies arrived, they found Cesar H. Chavira, 22, on the opposite side of Isaacs Avenue on the ground with a number of gunshot wounds.
Chavira was declared dead at Providence St. Mary Medical Center at 3:24 a.m.
According to Walla Walla County Undersheriff Edward Freyer, the preliminary investigation indicates Chavira was shot a number of times with a shotgun by the store’s owner, who Freyer declined to identify.
The New York Store is owned by longtime area businessman John T. Saul.
The county’s prosecuting attorney, Jim Nagle, said in a prepared statement this morning his office will “review the matter after law enforcement has had an opportunity to fully investigate the incident. No charges are pending or expected.”
Investigators said Chavira broke the front glass door, entered the building, broke a glass case and was retrieving belt buckles and other items when he was confronted by the owner, who lives in the store.
It was unclear if Chavira was armed or what transpired just before the shooting, Freyer said. He added that Chavira had tattoos indicating gang affiliation.
Court records show in 2008 Chavira was convicted of possession of cocaine, and from 2003 to 2007 he had a number of juvenile court convictions, including drug possession, malicious mischief and vehicle prowl.
The investigation into the shooting will include an autopsy will be performed.
Alfred Diaz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8325.