Conflicting narratives emerge around Fourth of July murder of Nyssa man

ONTARIO - Police are continuing their investigation into the murder of a 36-year-old Nyssa man on Sunday, July 4, that investigators say appears to be gang-related.

Ontario Police Chief Steven Romero said his agency received a call around 4:30 p.m. Sunday and upon responding found Jerry Gomez dead in the driver’s seat of a car near Franz Bakery Outlet on Southwest Fourth Avenue in Ontario. 

Romero said that Gomez’s “body did have some trauma,” but the cause of death was still being determined by the Oregon medical examiner.

Romero said “the company that Jerry kept” and his past history with the police department led investigators to believe the killing was gang-related. Gomez had pleaded not guilty to federal charge of one count of a felon in possession of a firearm. He had a . . .