Saturday, June 23 2012, 07:42 PM CDT
Police release names of victims, suspects in three murders
BEAUMONT - Beaumont Police have released new details about two unrelated shootings that killed three people Tuesday night. Watch KFDM News and stay with kfdm.com for updates. Sheila Denise Vallian, 42, of Beaumont, was killed in a shooting at about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Collis and Avenue A. Police say a man called 911 and told operators he'd just shot a woman at that location and was at a home in the 1200 block of Harrison. Patrol officers found Vallian dead at the scene from at least one gunshot wound to her head. Justice of the Peace Nancy Beaulieu ordered an autopsy. Officers arrested Clevert Lee Tyler, 39, and took him to the downtown police station where they say he voluntarily gave a statement to detectives. He was transported to the Jefferson County Jail. Judge Charles Carver arraigned Tyler on Wednesday morning and set bond at $150,000. Police responded to a second shooting at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 5300 block of Margo Lane. Officers found Francisca Garza, 24, of Beaumont, and Gregorio Sanchez, 44, of Beaumont, dead at the scene. Both suffered gunshot wounds. Justice of the Peace Nancy Beaulieu ordered autopsies. Witnesses told officers Garza was dropping off two children at a home when a man approached her. The two began to argue and Sanchez tried to help. Witnesses say a suspect pulled out a handgun and fired a number of shots at Garza and Sanchez. The man drove away in a pickup truck. Police are looking for Jose Wilfredo Chinchilla, 28, of Beaumont, in connection with the shootings. He's a Hispanic man, 5'5" to 5'6" with a thin build and clean-shaven. He left in a green Ford F150 pickup truck with a gray primer driver's side door, damage to the passenger side mirror and possibly a bed cover. The truck has Texas license plate AM22629. Detectives took several statements from witnesses at the scene and officers obtained two capital murder warrants for the arrest of Jose Wilfredo Chinchilla. Justice of the Peace Ken Dollinger issued the warrants and set bonds of $500,000 each. Police continue to search for Chinchilla and the U.S. Marshal's Service is helping them. He also has an outstanding warrant for Assault-Family Violence.