Undocumented Immigrant Jailed For Shooting Death Of A Mother In Canadian County
CANADIAN COUNTY, Oklahoma - New details have been released involving a fatal shooting that happened Thursday, March 21, near Hinton.
Canadian County deputies said around 8 p.m., Paige Gomer was killed by Ramon Hector Martine Ontiveros during an ambush shooting off Highway 37.
Sheriff Chris West said that Ontiveros was in the U.S. illegally.
“While we obtained an arrest warrant for a murder charge against Ontiveros, we are still actively involved in this investigation where an American citizen died at the hands of an illegal alien in Canadian County,” said Chris West, Canadian County Sheriff.
On the night of the shooting, other witnesses, who were in the same vehicle as Gomer, said Ontiveros was waiting for them on the road. They told deputies that Ontiveros opened fire and struck the back windshield of their vehicle with an AR-15.
Four shell casings were found at the scene. Close to an hour later, Ontiveros was in custody.
Hinton police said they caught him as he was trying to flee the area.
According to court documents, Gomer was riding in the "front passenger seat". The medical examiner confirms she was killed from a gunshot wound to her chest.
Investigators said witnesses told them that German Zamarripa was driving the vehicle that Gomer was in. Those same witnesses said they knew Ontiveros prior to the shooting. They reportedly told deputies that Ontiveros, "was mad at German due to some insults German made about Ontiveros' wife."
Friends said it’s still difficult to realize Gomer, a 28-year old mother, has been stolen from their lives. She will be remembered for the beauty she shared with others and sharing her smile with the world.
“I don't know how her family is taking it, and I feel really bad. I wish I could be there to support them. I can't believe this happened,” said Sosha Christmas, Gomer’s friend. “I hope he doesn't ever get to see freedom again. I don't know, maybe further down the line I will feel some sorrow, and I’ll a different way at it. But right now, Paige didn't deserve that, and neither did her daughter.”
The suspect is jailed on a first-degree murder complaint. Ontiveros is also being held on an ICE detainer.