San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 10:34 a.m. **UPDATE**

INCIDENT: Homicide Investigation

LOCATION: 25900 block of Baseline Avenue, Highland

VICTIM #1:Kirk Savala (Deceased), age 52, a resident of Highland

VICTIM #2:Donna Savala, age 50, a resident of Highland

SUSPECT: Jovan Meeks, 21, San Bernardino


UPDATE: April 22, 20167:30 p.m.

During the past week, Homicide Investigators have completed numerous interviews and processed the evidence related to this case.On Friday, April 22, 2016 Investigators identified Jovan Meeks, a 21 year old San Bernardino resident, as the shooter in this murder.They have obtained an arrest warrant for Meeks with a bail amount of $2,000,000.

Investigators are asking for assistance from the public to locate and arrest Jovan Meeks.Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to contact Sheriff’s Homicide Detail, Detective Justin Giles or Sergeant Dave Johnson at (909)387-3589 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (909)387-8313.

To view Meeks’ photo:



On Saturday, April 16, 2016, at approximately 10:34 a.m., deputies from the Highland Sheriff’s Station responded to an apartment complex in the 25900 block of Baseline Avenue, following the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located Kirk and Donna Savala, each suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were transported to a local hospital. Despite lifesaving efforts, Kirk was pronounced deceased at 11:57 a.m. Donna sustained serious injuries, but is expected to survive.

Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail were summoned and are conducting the investigation. At this early stage of the investigation, there is no evidence to suggest the Savalas were the intended targets. It appears they were in close proximity to a dispute between others and were inadvertently stuck by fired bullets. Those involved in the dispute, fled the area and are being sought at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Justin Giles at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

Refer: Detective Justin Giles or Sergeant Dave Johnson

Station:Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail

Phone No. (909) 387-3589

Case No. DR #131601683 H #2016-34

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700