‘Road Rage’ Shooting Was an Accident

Written by Estero Bay News

August 11, 2023

Daniel Jacobo

Three men are being charged in connection with the 2022 shooting death of an Arroyo Grande man while up at Lopez Lake after a fake road rage cover story fell apart under scrutiny, the Sheriffs Department announced on July 27.

According to Sheriff’s spokesman, Tony Cipolla, Sheriff’s deputies responded to Arroyo Grande Hospital at about 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 for a report of a man with a gunshot wound who was transported to the hospital via private vehicle.

“The victim, 28-year-old Arroyo Grande resident Alexander Montero Pille,” Cipolla said, “died at the hospital. 

“The involved parties who were present during the incident and transported Pille to the hospital initially reported the shooting was related to a road rage incident on Los Berros Road.” 

Los Berros Road runs from rural Arroyo Grande to Nipomo. The apparent cover story soon fell apart,

“During the investigation,” Cipolla said, “Sheriff’s detectives learned the victim and the three others were in the same vehicle near the Lopez Lake area of rural Arroyo Grande when the incident occurred.

“Based on the investigation, Sheriff’s detectives believe the shooting was unrelated to a road rage incident.”

Lake Lopez is far from Los Berros Road, in fact it’s on the opposite side of Hwy 101. Cipolla said they forwarded their report to the District Attorney’s Office and they have filed charges against three men.

Daniel Jacobo, 22 of Oceano is being charged with suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, using a firearm in commission of a felony, and making a false crime report. Cipolla said Jacobo was already in custody on a drive-by shooting case and now faces these additional charges.

Two other men are accused of accessories to the crime and also filing a false crime report. They are 21-year-old Alexis Tapiapille of Oceano and Marc Anthony Ramos Perez, 21, listed as from Mexico. 

Tapiapille “is out of custody on an unrelated case,” Cipolla said, “and is awaiting arraignment on this new case. Perez is not in custody and is still outstanding.”

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