ANTIOCH -- The district attorney has declined to file charges against a man arrested last week in the fatal shooting of a Pittsburg resident who police say carjacked him moments earlier.
Leo Lopez, 37, is expected to be released from jail sometime Tuesday. He was arrested Friday evening after allegedly killing Richard Pareno, 27, whom police said was driving away in Lopez's van at the time he was shot.
But the DA has decided to file carjacking, attempted robbery and conspiracy charges against Timothy Jones, 26, Pareno's alleged accomplice. Jones was arrested after the Antioch Police Department's investigation into Friday's incident identified him as a suspect, police said.
Neither police nor the DA would release further details of the incident -- including on Jones' alleged involvement -- but a police news release issued Friday says Lopez was sitting in his parked van outside the Rite Aid on East 18th Street around 8:30 p.m. when an armed man opened the door and demanded he hand over his belongings.
Lopez reportedly started to flee but then produced his own firearm and fired shots at the van as it was driving away. The van crashed a short distance away -- near a home on East 17th Street -- and officers found Pareno there, dead from gunshot wounds, police said.
Court records indicate Pareno had several criminal convictions in Contra Costa County. Last year, he was sentenced to 120 days in jail after being convicted on an accessory to robbery charge, court records show. Two more charges against him in that case -- robbery and burglary -- were dismissed.
In 2013, Pareno was arrested and charged with two unrelated firearm violations. For the first of those, he was convicted and sentenced to 16 months in prison. For the second, he was sentenced to three years probation.
Antioch police are encouraging anyone with information on the case to call them at 925-779-6884.
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