DATE/TIME: July 11, 2019 9:17 p.m. UPDATE
INCIDENT: Homicide Investigation
LOCATION: 24089 Lake Gregory Dr., Crestline – Goodwin’s Market parking lot
SUSPECT: Alex Opmanis, 27 years old, resident of Crestline
VICTIM: Sammy Lee Davis, 29 years old, resident of Crestline
On Friday, August 9, 2019, Alex Opmanis met with Homicide detectives to provide an additional statement. Following the interview, Detectives determined Opmanis’ statements were inconsistent with the evidence gathered and placed him under arrest for the murder of Sammy Davis. Opmanis remains in custody at Central Detention Center with bail set at $1,000,000.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with information, or anyone who witnessed the incident, is asked to contact Detective Eric Ogaz, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.
On Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 9:17 p.m. deputies were called to Goodwin’s Market for a call of shots fired in the parking lot. Deputies arrived and found Sammy Davis on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound and an off-duty nurse administering medical aid. Davis was transported to St. Bernadines Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 10:12 p.m.
Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded to conduct the investigation.
Detectives found that the victim was leaving Goodwin’s Market and was approached by three men in the parking lot. The victim recognized one of the men as an associate of the suspect that assaulted him in January 2019, resulting in hospitalization. He felt threatened as the three subjects approached, verbally taunting him, and retrieved his firearm from a compartment in his car. One of the subjects, Sammy Davis, grabbed the victim’s shirt and punched him multiple times. The victim fired his gun, striking Davis and stopping the assault.
The investigation will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
Refer: Sergeant Joseph Steers or Detective Eric Ogaz
Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail
Phone No. (909)387-3589
Case No. DR#051901038 H#2019-058
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department