Santa Ana Man Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter After Shooting Teen Inside Home
A Santa Man was charged with involuntary manslaughter on Thursday after shooting a 16-year-old in his home, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
Matthew Jacob Granados, 21, was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter by lawful act in an unlawful manner with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm.
Granados was allegedly in his room in his home on Hazard Street with the victim, Alex Ramirez, around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 4. He is accused of handling a firearm in a careless manner, resulting in a single shot being fired into Ramirez’s torso, according to police.
Ramirez, a known skater in the community, died from his injuries.
Witnesses initially told investigators there had been a drive-by shooting, providing a description of the car, according to Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
But police determined that story was a lie, and detectives obtained a search warrant for the home, Bertagna said. Inside, they found evidence in a bedroom that led them to believe it was the scene of the shooting, according to the corporal.
Granados fled the scene after the shooting and his father, Alexander Christopher Granados, is accused of making misleading statements to the police in order to help his son avoid arrest.
The elder Granados, 41, was charged with one felony count of being an accessory to involuntary manslaughter after the fact and is being held on a $25,000 bail.
Matthew Granados turned himself in to the Tustin Police Department on Sept. 6 and was transported to the SAPD.
He is being held on a $75,000 bail and faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in state prison.