HESPERIA • What began as a dispute over a debt ended with one man fatally shot and another beaten, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials said Monday.


Moises Echavarria, 32, of Hesperia was arrested for murder on his birthday Sunday night in his home in the 16600 block of Sequoia Street after he allegedly shot and killed 29-year-old Andrew Battaglia also of Hesperia, said Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the sheriff's department.


Battaglia and three other men — including the 58-year-old who Echavarria allegedly owed money to —went to Echavarria's home at about 8 p.m. to confront him about the construction debt, Bachman said.


Soon after arriving at the home, Bachman said a fight broke out. During the scuffle, the 58-year-old man was beaten in the face and Battaglia was shot, she said.


Someone called 911 but before deputies could arrive Battaglia's friends had already transported the shooting victim to Desert Valley Hospital, Bachman stated. Shortly after arriving at the emergency room, Battaglia was pronounced dead. The beating victim was treated and released.


Deputies surrounded Echavarria's home and, a short time later, Echavarria and those who were in the home came outside, officials said.


Echavarria was taken into custody and booked into Victor Valley Jail. He's being held at West Valley Detention Center without bail.


Echavarria has previously been convicted of several crimes in San Bernardino County, according to court records, including carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle, disorderly conduct while under the influence and resisting arrest. He also has 15 vehicle code violations, with charges for driving an unregistered vehicle without a license also still pending.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at (760) 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.