Coroner releases name of Fairfield homicide victim

By From page A1 | June 21, 2013

FAIRFIELD — The victim of a fatal June 12 shooting on Peach Tree Drive has been identified as Jose Galvan, 35, according to the Solano County Coroner’s Office.

Police initially withheld details about the victim, including his name, pending the investigation, but released some details Thursday. No arrests of any of the three suspects have been made, said Lt. Greg Hurlbut.

“We’re just working the case, 24 hours a day,” Hurlbut said.

Galvan was a father of at least one child and didn’t live in the complex on the 2300 block of Peach Tree Drive where he was shot in the stomach and later died, Hurlbut said.

The homicide was described by police as a robbery of two men by three men in the parking lot of the apartment complex. At some point after the robbery, Hurlbut said, Galvan got into a struggle with one of the suspects and was shot, before being rushed to the hospital.

All three suspects are described as black males of unknown age, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall with slender builds.

One has short hair, and was wearing a black hat with a white C on it, a blue and white plaid short-sleeved shirt, dark jeans, and green and orange shoes. He was armed with a black handgun. Another suspect has shoulder-length dreadlocks. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. The third suspect was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The color was not known.

Court records reflect that Galvan had a checkered past. He had a warrant out for his arrest since September 2012. The warrant was for allegedly violating parole shortly after he was released from prison.

Galvan was sentenced in 2011 to three years in prison for possessing methamphetamine. Fairfield police arrested him after he fled from his car after a traffic stop and tried to ditch a gun and the methamphetamine before cops caught up to him. Galvan also had been arrested for stealing a motorcycle in 2009 and he had four previous drunken driving convictions in Solano and Napa counties. He also was convicted of possessing drugs in prison while doing time at a prison in Monterey County.

Anyone with information about the fatal shooting can call Fairfield police at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345, or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.

The shooting was Fairfield’s third homicide of the year.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr. Jess Sullivan contributed to this report.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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  • IfJune 21, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Daily Republic should be embarrassed to put out this man's criminal history! He was robed and lost his life !! What does it matter if he had a criminal history ? You put out there as if he was just anther criminal and loosing his life isn't as important because of his back ground? If I was his family , I would be sickened to read this!

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  • DonewidemJune 21, 2013 - 8:39 am

    Not seeing the problem here. Now he's the best kind of criminal.

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  • DudeWhat?June 21, 2013 - 9:03 am

    I would be more upset that he was a loser and not a good person. Just sayin'. His criminal past is important because it puts a possible reason as to why he was even there and most likely what led to his killing. He was "dead" a long time ago.

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  • SjJune 21, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Yeh, & the thugs that killed him will eventually get their's too!! Hopefully sooner than later!

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  • CitizenJune 21, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    The information is totally relevant. It gives the readers the information that this was probably not a random act of violence.

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