Details emerge in San Angelo shooting death of Daniel Chandler; two arrests in 2 weeks
CLARIFICATION: The identity of the woman who was with Chandler has been updated.
SAN ANGELO — Three weeks have passed since a Winters man was found shot to death in a San Angelo motel. Since then, police have arrested two men, and court documents reveal details on what led to the death of Daniel "Dan" Chandler.
Chandler, who was found dead at 1:16 a.m. on June 28, has been remembered as a kind friend by his friends and family, according to a statement issued by John Pierik, a longtime friend.
"Dan always pursued happiness and love, and never held back his appreciation for friendship," the statement said. "While the family and friends of Dan are deeply saddened by the events leading to and surrounding his passing, we genuinely appreciate the diligence and commitment provided by San Angelo Police's Criminal Investigators."
What happened to Daniel Chandler?
In the early morning hours of June 28, police arrived to a shooting at Inn of the Conchos, 2021 N. Bryant Blvd. In one of the rooms, officers found Chandler lying on the floor with gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen, records state.
Investigators noted Chandler's shirt was "soaked in … blood" and "numerous" used cartridge cases were on the floor.
Police interviewed several witnesses, one of whom was a woman who rented the room for the night. She said she told a 31-year-old man she would be staying there, and he and a 19-year-old man came by. Another man and a woman also arrived at the room, records state.
The women told officers the older man told everyone to leave the room "because he had some business he had to take care of." The other man said he had left the room to smoke before he heard "muffled gunshots," according to the arrest affidavit.
Investigators believe after the two women and man left the room, Chandler, a woman who identified herself as his girlfriend to police and another man entered the room. The woman told officers they had gone to the motel "to purchase some marijuana," according to court documents.
When they entered the motel room, the 19-year-old closed the door and pulled out a gun. He told them to "give (him) all their money and bags," records state. The 31-year-old also pulled out a gun, and Chandler attempted to draw a gun as well and was shot, according to the woman.
The younger man then grabbed the woman's bags and fled with the older man. The woman tried to stop the bleeding, then ran to the office to call for emergency assistance, according to the affidavit.
On July 5, 2021, the San Angelo Police Department, Tom Green County Sheriff's Office and Runnels County Sheriff's Office worked together to arrest a man they suspected in the shooting. They found him at the Shoppin' Basket, 610 Hutchins Ave., in Ballinger.
Law enforcement arrested Cody Ray Salazar, 31, on suspicion of murder, in addition to going off bond for credit or debit card abuse, possession of marijuana and evading arrest detention. He remained in Tom Green County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,012,000 bond as of 11 a.m. Monday, according to online jail records.
In 2019, Salazar pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run crash in San Angelo, which left three passengers seriously injured. 391st District Court Judge Brad Goodwin sentenced him to 2 years in jail, according to online court records.
Second person charged with murder, shot at Lubbock police
On Monday, July 12, 2021, police announced a second man had been charged in the case, according to a police news release.
Joshua Tyler Garcia, 19, turned himself into the Lubbock County Jail for aggravated assault against a public servant from Lubbock on July 8. One day later, San Angelo police obtained a warrant for Garcia, charging him with murder.
Garcia's court documents regarding the San Angelo homicide were unavailable as of 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, but documents detailing the Lubbock charge were released.
On Jan. 18, 2021, Lubbock police arrived to a vehicle burglary call, which became a chase on 45th Street. Garcia was a passenger in the vehicle and shot at pursuing officers, records state. No officers were injured, but a patrol car was disabled.
The vehicle with Garcia and an unknown driver was found abandoned on 36th Street, according to court documents.
Case coverage timeline:
June 28, 2021:Police investigating homicide in San Angelo on Monday
Alana Edgin is a journalist covering Crime and Courts in West Texas. Send her a news tip at firstname.lastname@example.org.