York City Police chief: Fatal shooting could be a case of self-defense

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City man fatally shot Wednesday inside a west-end York City home allegedly assaulted a woman who lives there — and was released from county prison less than a week ago after posting bail on those charges.

Christian Ivan Gutierrez-Rosado, of the 900 block of West Locust Street, was killed about 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, inside 702 W. Princess St., according to the York County Coroner's Office, which has ruled the death a homicide.

York City Police Chief Troy Bankert told The York Dispatch the afternoon of Thursday, April 11, that the investigation is still active and that nothing has been determined for sure.

"At this point the York City Police Department and the York County District Attorney's Office are evaluating the shooting incident as a possible self-defense (case)," Bankert said.

The shooter has been released, and no charges have been filed against him so far, according to the chief.

An autopsy determined Gutierrez-Rosado died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the coroner's office.

Killed in former home: Gutierrez-Rosado lived at 702 W. Princess up until the time he was arrested for assault there in December, court records reveal.

Had he lived one more day, he would have turned 24 years old.

About an hour after the killing, York City Police issued a news release stating a suspect was in custody.

Court documents reveal Gutierrez-Rosado was arrested late last year after allegedly choking and assaulting Misaelis Garcia-Lopez, 22, at that address. The two lived there together, court documents revealed.

According to those documents, Gutierrez-Rosado and Garcia-Lopez argued over money about 11:45 p.m. Dec. 13 and he put her in a headlock then choked her with both hands.

He choked her for about 30 seconds, to the point where she was unable to breath, according to documents filed by city Officer Gregory Schick.

Christian Gutierrez-Rosado

Garcia-Lopez was able to break free and ran to a friend's home in the 900 block of West Locust Street, where she called 911, police said.

Arrested at scene: Officers found Gutierrez-Rosado at 702 W. Princess St. and arrested him, police said. At the time, he also had two outstanding warrants, according to court documents.

He was charged with the second-degree felony of strangulation as well as simple assault and harassment.

Longtime local attorney Bill Graff represented Gutierrez-Rosado in the domestic assault case and confirmed that his client and Garcia-Lopez had been romantically involved.

"He was in love with this girl," Graff said. "She's just a nice young kid."

Gutierrez-Rosado appeared before District Judge Joel Toluba on Feb. 6 and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Graff said his client waived the hearing with the agreement that he would take anger-management classes.

"(Prosecutors) agreed that if he took anger-management classes, we could resolve the case down the road," Graff said.

'I'm done with you': At the hearing, Gutierrez-Rosado spoke with his alleged victim, his attorney said:

"He said, 'I love you,' and she said, 'I'm done with you — I'm done,'" Graff recounted.

Graff said his client also seemed like a nice kid.

"It was a domestic dispute gone bad," he said of the assault.

York City Police and the York County Coroner's Office investigate a shooting in the 700 block of W. Princess Street, Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
John A. Pavoncello photo

Gutierrez-Rosado was originally from Puerto Rico, moved stateside to Texas, then came to York from there about a year and a half ago, according to Graff.

"He has family in the (York) area," the attorney said.

Gutierrez-Rosado had been held in York County Prison until Friday, April 5, when he was released after posting $25,000 bail, according to court records.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD. Staff writer Christopher Dornblaser contributed to this report.