Autopsy results are awaited in the county’s latest homicide but arrest affidavits for two brothers jailed in the case show the victim found dead at Shawnee Twin Lakes had seven to nine small gunshot wounds.
The body of Adam Pacheco, 27, McLoud, was found Saturday morning about halfway down the north side of the dam on Belcher Road at Lake No. 1.
A multi-agency investigation was launched, and by the end of the day, two brothers from McLoud were in custody.
Andrew Fish, 25, and Reuben Fish, 33, were arrested on first-degree murder complaints, according to the affidavits, although police reported Reuben Fish is being held on a complaint of accessory to murder.
Both suspects are jailed without bond although formal charges have not been filed. The next courts dates for the brothers is scheduled Jan. 16, although District Attorney Richard Smothermon said charges could be filed sometime next week.
According to the arrest affidavits, the medical examiner at the scene concluded Pacheco had seven to nine small wounds – two to the stomach, one to the center of the chest, three in the upper chest, two to the lower jaw and one to the back. The affidavit shows Pacheco was allegedly shot at a home in McLoud and then dumped at the lake.
Shawnee and McLoud police, along with district attorney’s investigators from the Violent Crimes and Drugs Task Force, have concluded the victim was among of a group of pedestrians stopped by a McLoud police officer during a routine stop about Midnight Saturday. From that information, the affidavit shows the homicide investigation led authorities to a house located at 487 Harris Street in McLoud, which is reportedly the home of Andrew Fish.
There, authorities on Saturday discovered a black truck in the driveway with blood on the side of it and a blood trail leading to the front door, the affidavit reads. A warrant was obtained to search the house, where police found evidence leading them to believe Pacheco was murdered at that home.
As part of the probe, Shawnee detectives interviewed Reuben Fish, the affidavit shows, and he allegedly told police he helped Pacheco go into a bedroom at the home after Pacheco had been beaten up.
After that, Reuben Fish went to the living room area and later heard several gunshots, the document alleges, although there were allegedly several people at the house when the shooting occurred.
From interviews in this case, it appears that Pacheco was suffering from a bloody and swollen eye when Andrew Fish allegedly “pulled out a black handgun and shot Pacheco several times,” the affidavit alleges.
Rueben Fish allegedly claimed his brother put Pacheco in a closet for about 30 minutes after the shooting before the brothers wrapped the victim in a carpet and loaded him into a pickup, the court document reads.
Page 2 of 2 - Andrew Fish allegedly left with the body and upon his return reported that he rolled Pacheco down a hill by the lake, the affidavit alleges.
Police aren’t releasing any further information about the firearm in this case although it appears police may still be searching for the weapon.
Watch for updates.