Charges expected against felon who ‘inadvertently’ killed Hemet senior


BANNING (CNS) – Felony charges are expected to be filed Wednesday, Oct. 14 against a convicted felon accused of mishandling a firearm that discharged and fatally wounded a Hemet senior for whom he was providing caregiving services.
John Reza Jowkar, 37, of Hemet was arrested Friday after the shooting at a residence on Via Linda Drive.
Jowkar was booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of a controlled substance and possession of a gun registered to another party. He’s being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Hemet police Lt. Michael Arellano said the investigation is ongoing, and it is not certain what charges the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office may file.
According to Arellano, patrol officers were called to the Via Linda home about 1:30 p.m. Friday to investigate reports of “an elderly female suffering from a single gunshot wound.”
Officers and paramedics reached the location about the same time and found the victim, whose identity has not been released, in grave condition. She was taken to Hemet Valley Hospital, where she died a short time later.
Arellano said Jowkar was taken into custody without incident at the property and interviewed by detectives.
The suspect identified himself as the victim’s caregiver.
“Investigators learned that Jowkar was in the garage, manipulating and disassembling several … firearms,” the lieutenant said. “One of those firearms inadvertently discharged and struck the elderly female victim.”
No other details were furnished, including how long the convicted felon had been a caregiver to the woman, or why the gun being taken apart was still loaded.
According to jail records, the suspect has felony convictions in another jurisdiction, but the offenses were not specified.