San Bernardino Man Admits to Fatally Shooting Girlfriend, Police Say

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A San Bernardino man has confessed to fatally shooting his live-in girlfriend Friday night at their apartment, authorities said.


A 29-year-old woman was fatally shot by her boyfriend in San Bernardino on Friday, June 14, 2014, police said. (Credit: Google Maps)

Officers responded at 10:05 p.m. to the home, in the 900 block of West 2nd Street (map), “regarding a subject with a shotgun and a possible shooting victim,” according to Sgt. Gary Robertson of the San Bernardino Police Department.

When the officers arrived, they found the unarmed suspect and victim inside the residence, Robertson said in a statement.

The woman was deceased at the scene after suffering a shotgun wound to the head, police said. She was later identified as Cathy Ann Silvey, 29.

Peter Joseph Cerda, 30, was taken into custody and the weapon used in the shooting was recovered, according to the Police Department.

“The suspect made statements indicating that he had shot and killed the victim,” the police statement said.

Cerda was being held without bail Saturday at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, online records showed. He is scheduled to appear in San Bernardino Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office will review the case next week for criminal charges, authorities said.

No motive has been determined in the shooting. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Bill Flesher at 909-384-5655 or Sgt. Gary Robertson at 909-841-5361.