Sweetwater Police Department arrest suspects for attempted capital murder |

SWEETWATER – The Sweetwater Police Department has arrested several suspects in connection with a shooting investigation.

On Friday, July 15, 2022, at approximately 11:19 p.m., Sweetwater Police officers responded to a call from a subject who was shot outside a residence on Hill Street.

After checking the area, officers were unable to locate an injured subject.

On July 16, 2022, at approximately 2 a.m., a subject entered the lobby of the Sweetwater Police Department and reported that her ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Joshua Coronado, was shot and killed at a residence in the 100 block of Fisher Street.

Responding officers found blood on the street and on the porch as well as in the yard.

Officers were unable to locate a victim at the residence.

Later that morning, officers were dispatched to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater after a man was found sitting outside a home off County Road 216 in Nolan County.

The man, identified as Josh Coronado, was shot in the head. Coronado was transferred to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

Detectives returned to the scene on CR 216 and located a trail of dried blood from the road through the ditch on the east side of the road, leading to a barbed wire fence. The trail continued into an open pasture where detectives located a large pool of dried blood under the brush where Coronado’s body was dumped.

During the investigation and through several interviews, police were able to determine that a physical altercation had begun between Joshua Coronado and a subject identified as Timothy Hernandez. During the altercation, Hernandez took possession of a gun and shot Coronado in the head.

Investigators determined that Timothy Hernandez, Andres Diaz and Christopher Kirkland then loaded Coronado’s body into the bed of a stolen pickup truck and drove to CR 216 where they dumped his body in brush. Timothy Hernandez, Christopher Kirkland and Andres Diaz are charged with attempted capital murder and tampering with evidence and incarcerated in the Nolan County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and other suspects may be charged at a later date.