Police seek murder suspect
Witnesses describe cold-blooded killing
by Doug McMurdo
The Times-Independent
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Omar Guerro
Omar Guerro

The manhunt continues for Omar Guerro, the man Moab Police believe shot and killed longtime resident Edgar Luna Najera, 30, inside a trailer crowded with people at 1:30 a.m. Sunday at a Walnut Lane trailer park.

According to court documents, two witnesses – one who claimed to be an eyewitness to the execution-style killing – separately contacted police.

A veteran police sergeant in court papers said the original witness was a person who called dispatch and reported hearing two shots fired inside a trailer parked in space 20 at the park at 250 Walnut Lane.

Police found Najera inside, dead from two gunshot wounds.

The caller told police that several people left in a black SUV immediately following the gunshots, and two others left in a white Audi sedan. The caller said one of the people who entered the SUV had a gun in his hand, according to court documents.

Moab Police contacted the Utah State Bureau of Investigation and Department of Public Safety, which sent investigators to the scene. In the meantime, according to court papers, a second witness voluntarily arrived at the Grand County Jail to speak to an officer and a third witness called dispatchers.

The witnesses in separate interviews said they were inside the trailer when the shooting occurred, and one of them said he saw the shooting.

“The witness described that the two shots were several seconds apart, and that Omar had shot the victim once in the torso and then moved in closer and placed a shot to the deceased victim’s head,” according to court documents.

Both identified Guerro as the shooter.

While the witnesses’ statements matched and corroborated what the initial caller told police, other witnesses offered similar descriptions of the handgun Guerro allegedly possessed prior to the shooting, according to court papers.

Police found evidence Najera was shot with a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.

The black SUV was abandoned up the street. Police say it was registered to a man named Jorge Hernandez. The vehicle was towed to the police department and a search warrant was obtained. Police say they found a partial box of Smith & Wesson .40-caliber ammunition inside the vehicle.

Police also are looking for Hernandez and a third man, Jaime Flores. The three men, according to witnesses, are friends. Guerro has ties inside and outside of the U.S. and police worry about his wherabouts.

Moab Police Chief Jim Winder said Guerro’s photograph was sent to the border. Winder also believes Guerro could be in Colorado. Wherever he is, Winder said Guerro might do more harm as he has a reputation for being erratic and unpredictable. He moved to Moab within the past six weeks, said the chief, and his short temper didn’t win many friends. “He has all the earmarks of a volatile person,” said Winder, adding residents of the trailer park described him as having “a propensity for violence” who “could erupt rather suddenly.”

“Omar was trying to fit into the community without much success,” said Winder, in large part due to his temperament. “He would be fine one minute and then just go off.” Later, Winder said Guerro was “a dark cloud, and sometimes dark clouds strike lightning.”

The chief praised his officers, Grand County Sheriff’s deputies, DPS officers and agents with the bureau, who brought high-tech crime scene equipment to Moab and will fast-track the processing of forensic evidence. “We got amazing help,” said Winder.

Murders are rare in Moab. The last one occurred more than five years ago when a purported drug dealer was killed and his body was tied to a bumper and tossed into the Colorado River. Two teenage boys were prosecuted for the killing and the mother of one of the boys was convicted after the fact of obstructing law enforcement.

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