Joshua Torres: Suspect arrested in Palm Springs homicide

Joshua Torres: Suspect arrested in Palm Springs homicide

PALM SPRINGS, Fla. - Palm Springs police said Wednesday they have arrested a suspect in connection with a homicide Monday morning.

De’Andre Peyton, 21, of Oakland Park, Fla., was shot and killed around 4 a.m. in the 3200 block of 2nd Avenue North. 

Police said Tuesday night, a suspect, Joshua Torres, attempted to turn himself into the Palm Beach County Jail.

Palm Springs investigators took custody of Torres and brought him back to the department for further questioning.

Torres said Peyton and his friends “jumped” in front of his truck when he was within feet of them. He said he slowed and they began yelling at him so he drove away.

Officer said Torres provided two different accounts of his actions immediately following the encounter.

Police said Torres admitted that he went home, retrieved a Glock 9mm and walked into his backyard. His backyard is bordered by 2nd Avenue North and Elizabeth Street.

Torres said he saw someone looking through his wooden fence, bordering Elizabeth Street, along with several other people near his white, plastic fence, bordering 2nd Avenue North.

Torres said he fired a shot into the air to “scare them” and then fired three more times toward the wooden fence. He said he intended only to scare them and not injure or kill anyone.

Torres said he went back into his home, put the handgun in his closet and went to sleep.

Police said Torres has been charged with second-degree murder with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm. Additional charges are pending. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has any further information to contact Detective McCluskey at 561.304.4851. 

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