An off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of gunning down a man during a heated argument at an East Hemet home is scheduled to appear in court Thursday, records showed today.
John Richard Demery, 40, of Hemet, is expected to be arraigned that day in relation to his arrest for Saturday’s predawn fatal shooting of a Moreno Valley man.
Records showed Demery was booked on a single count of murder and remained jailed today in lieu of $1 million bail.
Demery, a six-year member of the Border Patrol, was assigned to the Murrieta station.
Demery’s authority as an agent has been suspended and he was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of his case, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Sheriff’s department officials were tight-lipped about Demery’s alleged connection to the killing of Adam Thomas, 27, who was shot multiple times at about 12:47 a.m. at a home in the 41100 block of Toledo Drive.
Thomas was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. It was not disclosed how sheriff’s authorities identified Demery as a suspect.
It was not immediately known how Demery and his alleged victim knew each other, or what they argued about, but according to the sheriff’s department, Demery confronted Thomas at the Toledo Drive home.
A sheriff’s spokeswoman said Monday she did not know if Thomas lived at the East Hemet home or if he was visiting.