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Guadalupe neighbors speak out after officer-involved shooting

GAUADALUPE, Calif. - Neighbors are reacting to the officer-involved shooting in Guadalupe after a resident was tragically killed Saturday night.

Stevie Ray Morales was enjoying a quiet evening at his Guadalupe home on Birch Street. "I heard the gunshots occur when some of my friends were watching the boxing match that was happening."

When he went outside, the long-time resident said he realized something tragic had just happened. "Come to find out we walk outside and we see the sirens and the police officers."

Guadalupe police say Juan Luis Olvera-Preciado was fatally shot in his car while trying to arrest another man with a felony warrant.

Morales says he was shocked to learn the victim was one of his neighbors. "It was crazy because this is our a little quiet town of Guadalupe. Nothing like this ever happens it’s a pretty nice town nothing violent like that."

Guadalupe police say they’re doing all they can to reach out to the victim's family.

"This is an unimaginable moments of what happened … that you could not right a script to say how horrible the feelings are," says chief Michael Cash of the Guadalupe Police Department.

More flowers have been placed in front of the family’s home in honor of the victim.

As for Morales, he’s still feeling a little on edge. "To be honest I’m a little scared … Scared because it happened about 30 to 40 feet away from my house … the gunfire could’ve went through and just to any of these people that live around me in a family neighborhood … a lot of kids live here … a lot of older people live here and you know for straight bullets to go through and hit someone like this … it’s tragic."

The victim's family members say they appreciate all the support they have received from the community during this difficult time.

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