Argument over Mexico leads to shooting death - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Argument over Mexico leads to shooting death

CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. - An argument over different areas of Mexico led to the shooting death of a 44-year-old man early Sunday in a Chelan County restaurant.

According to the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Javier Valdovinos, 40, an employee of La Brisa Mexican restaurant, was in the process of closing the kitchen when he approached a group of men to see if they needed anything.

One of the men sitting at the table, 44-year-old Jesus Cortez, made a comment to Valdovinos about where they were each from in Mexico and a argument broke out over different areas of the country.

The situation escalated when the two got into a shoving match after Cortez said that he was better than Valdovinos based on where he was from in Mexico.

Other restaurant employees broke up the shoving match and that's when Valdovinos is said to have pulled a pistol from the back of his pants and shot Cortez. 

Cortez fell to the floor and Valdovinos shot him again.

Valdovinos fled the scene in a maroon colored Cadillac sedan. 

Deputies and EMS arrived minutes later and Cortez was determined to have died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Valdovinos is considered armed and dangerous and if you know anything concerning his whereabouts, you are asked to call RiverCom Communication Center at 509-663-9911.

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