Roberto Tapia, 28

Cathedral, California
January 13, 2019

Agencies: Cathedral City Police Department - California | Riverside County Sheriff's Department California

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: almost 5 years ago


A Cathedral City police officer fatally shot a man who opened fire after killing a woman in a shopping center parking lot Sunday afternoon, investigators said.

The woman has been identified as Paola Minero, 23, of Desert Hot Springs. And, the man, who was shot and killed by police, was Roberto Tapia, 28, of La Quinta, according to the Riverside County coroner's office.

According to published reports, Tapia and Minero were the parents of three children and  had been estranged. 

The shootings occurred about 4:45 p.m. near Big 5 Sporting Goods at Date Palm Drive and McCallum Way, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the case.

An officer was responding to a disturbance in the area and saw the man shoot the woman, according to investigators. The man then opened fire on the officer and struck his vehicle several times, according to Cathedral City police.

The officer returned fire and struck the man.