Acquaintances say suspect was "acting erratically" days leading up to deadly Lamont shooting, court docs show

KCSO arrests suspect in Lamont shooting
Lamont Shooting Investigation
KCSO investigates deadly shooting in Lamont
Posted at 3:57 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 18:58:26-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Aquaintances of Jonathan Villapando told sheriff deputies he had been "acting erratically" days before he allegedly shot 37-year-old Eric Nikolas Futrell.

Futrell was shot and killed on May 4 at a home in the area of Fuller Dr. and Weedpatch Highway. According to court documents, witnesses said Villapando, 26, fired the gun.

Court documents allege that Villapando knew Futrell. Witnesses to the shooting told deputies, according to the documents, Villapando suspected Futrell was having an affair with his girlfriend.

Witnesses said the two were in the backyard of the Lamont home when, according to one witness, Villapando held up the gun and shot Futrell "with no hesitation." Witnesses claimed there had been no type of argument leading up to the shooting.

When asked about the shooting, witnesses said Villapando said "I'm drugged the [sic] out" and "I don't know why I did it."

Kern County Sheriff deputies found Villapando in a nearby orchard following the shooting. Deputies wrote he was found completely covered in crude oil "from head to toe," which possibly destroyed any trace evidence deputies suspected to find.