Suspect arrested on suspicion of murder in Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore fentanyl poisoning deaths

San Diego resident Christopher Koppa, 36, was taken into custody on Monday and charged with two counts of murder. Photo provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Christopher Michael Koppa, a 36-year-old resident of San Diego, was arrested on Monday and charged with two counts of murder after a Canyon Lake man and a Lake Elsinore man died after ingesting fentanyl. The investigation into Koppa dates back four years.

On August 25, 2018, at about 11:40 p.m., Perris Sheriff’s Station deputies were dispatched to a call of an unresponsive male adult in the 22000 block of Hoofbeat Way in the City of Canyon Lake. Upon arrival, it was determined a 30-year-old male was deceased from unknown causes.

In May 2022, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Overdose Death Investigations and Narcotics Unit (ODIN) assumed the case as it was determined the decedent, Devahn Reed, was a victim of fentanyl poisoning.

Additionally, investigators identified a second fentanyl poisoning Koppa is suspected of being responsible for. This poisoning occurred on September 11, 2018, at 9:26 a.m. when Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station Deputies were dispatched to a call of a deceased male in the 31000 block of Cedarhill Lane in the City of Lake Elsinore. ODIN Investigators determined the decedent, 34-year-old Patrick Schwab, was also a victim of fentanyl poisoning.

Koppa was taken into custody on August 8, 2022, and charged with two counts of murder. He is currently on probation for several narcotic offenses, officials said. Koppa is being held on $1 million bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on August 10.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Master Investigator Robert Cornett at 951-955-1700.


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