State police say they are still investigating the New Wilmington police shooting of Juan Carter Hernandez, 33, who was killed by a borough patrolman Friday while he was pummeling a woman to death.
State police Cpl. Randy Guy of the Lawrence County barracks said state troopers based in Mercer County are investigating the shooting, and the officer who fatally shot Hernandez has not yet been questioned about the incident. Neither state nor borough police have released the officer's name.
New Wilmington Chief Carmen Piccirillo said the officer is on administrative leave, which is routine when an officer is involved in a shooting.
Guy said the police will typically wait 72 hours after a shooting before an officer involved is questioned.
Hernandez, 33, a former North Carolina resident living in Campbell, Ohio, had served about eight years — the minimum sentence in his case — for the 2011 shooting death of his wife. He was sentenced in 2014, but had served time since his arrest in 2011. He also was listed as a Marine Corps deserter.
He was released from prison in North Carolina on April 13, 2020, and his parole had been terminated, according to information from the North Carolina Sheriff's Office in Onslow County.
On Friday, police in New Wilmington were called to a two-story red brick house at 524 S. New Castle St., where they arrived to find a man, later identified as Hernandez, repeatedly stabbing a woman with a steel rod outside of the house.
State police Cpl. Randy Guy said the rod, measured about a half-inch in diameter and nearly two feet long. He said he does not know where or how Hernandez got the object.
The woman, identified by police as Chyna Carrillo, 33, died from injuries inflicted by Hernandez. Police reported they ordered Hernandez to stop attacking her and he ignored their orders. That is when the officer fatally shot him, according to a state police report.
Arkansas authorities on Nov. 30 had reported Carrillo, known in Arkansas by her birth name, as an absconder from her parole for a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia — namely a glass pipe used to ingest or inhale methamphetamine. She was wanted on a post-arrest warrant in Arkansas at the time of her death. Her parole was to have ended on Oct. 13, 2023.
She was listed as a male in Arkansas court records, but was identified as a transgender woman by Pennsylvania State Police.
Guy confirmed that Carrillo's date of birth, March 3, 1996, matched that of the Arkansas court records. An updated court record online Monday did not indicate that she is deceased.
Carrillo came into the New Wilmington area from Arkansas to work as a certified nursing assistant at The Grove, a nursing home on Route 158, next to the house where she was killed. That house is owned by the company that owns The Grove. Reports were that Carrillo and Hernandez had been dating.
Friends and coworkers of Carrillo's staged a candlelight vigil Sunday outside of the nursing home in her memory.