Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Alfredo Simon surrendered to Dominican National Police on Jan. 3 as the primary murder suspect in a fatal shooting on Jan.1 in the Dominican Republic, the Associated Press reports.
According to The Associated Press, police suspect the 29-year-old Dominican pitcher of shooting Michel Castillo Almonte, 25, to death and also wounding his 17-year-old brother during a New Year’s Eve celebration in the northeast coastal town of Luperon. No reason for the shooting was disclosed. but police told the AP that Simon turned his gun in as part of the investigation.
Felipe Alou Jr., a Dominican representative for the Orioles, told the AP that he spoke with Simon on Jan. 1 and the pitcher had confirmed he was in the area when the shooting occurred but insisted he was not involved.
“He says to us that the wounded man can confirm that he was not the one who fired,” Alou told AP. If found guilty, Simon could face up to 30 years in prison.
Simon signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2008 but suffered an injury not long after his signing. He went 4-2 with a 4.93 earned run average (ERA) in 2010 and recorded 17 saves before being replaced by Koji Uehara as the closer.