LOS ANGELES — The prime suspect wanted for questioning in connection with multiple murders in the Antelope Valley was shot and killed by the U.S. Marshals Service near the California/Nevada border.

Deputy marshals con­duc­ting a fugitive ap­pre­hen­sion operation about noon Thursday in Charles­ton View in Inyo County, about 60 miles west of Las Vegas, located the suspect, Jesus “Chuy” Guzman, who pointed a gun at pur­su­ing deputies and a dep­u­ty-involved shooting oc­curred, according to Dep­uty Marvin Crowder of the Los Angeles County Sher­iff’s Department.

Guzman was pro­nounced dead at the scene and a weapon was recov­ered.

Guzman was named a person of interest re­gard­ing the discovery of re­mains belonging to three people found at a property in the 30900 block of 106th Street in Juniper Hills on Oct. 11, as well as the mur­ders of Gerard “Jerry” De Luna and Mariano Campos on Feb. 20 in the 11000 block of Hample Avenue in Littlerock, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Guzman was also wanted in Riverside County in con­nection with the home invasion robbery and mur­der of Silvano Esteves, 43, of Menifee, according to Sgt. Walter Mendez of the Riv­er­side County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators found a large amount of marijuana on Esteves’ property in the 27700 block of Monroe Avenue and believe Guz­man and Rodolfo Garcia targeted Esteves as a result, Mendez said. Garcia was arrested Oct. 28.

The sheriff’s department did not disclose how the re­mains came to light, nor say whether the grisly find was related to the disap­pear­ance of two men and a woman in the area in Jan­uary.

A $20,000 reward was offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in April for information in the case of the three people who were presumed dead after they disappeared.

Jose Lara, 65; Cuauh­temoc Lara, 39; and 49-year-old Julieta Arvizu left behind what seemed to be all their possessions, acc­ording to authorities.

The elder Lara’s vehicle was found abandoned on Feb. 5 in Littlerock, an unincorporated area of the Antelope Valley where all three lived. Their cell­phones were turned off and had not been used since the date they vanished.

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