STOCKTON – A fire at a homeless camp that claimed the life of a man and critically injured a woman was investigated as a homicide Thursday afternoon.
At about 5:30pm Thursday officers with the Stockton Police Department responded to Mormon Slough near Airport Way after two burn victims were found. A 35 year old man and 40 year old woman were critically burned and airlifted to UC Davis medical center where the man died from his injuries. The woman was said to be critical Friday afternoon according to Officer Joseph Silva, a police department spokesman.
Investigators discovered that a woman found both victims in a tent and poured an accelerant on it before setting it on fire and walking away.
“The suspect had no regard for human life,” Officer Silva said. Both victims suffered severe burn injuries. He described the suspect as being a girlfriend of the male victim.
A neighboring camper described the victim as his best friend who he had known for two decades. He said the woman suspect had previously harassed the male victim’s life, and followed through with her threats on Thursday.
No arrests have been made in the case as of Friday, and the case remains an active investigation, but authorities are urging anyone with information to call police at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
Shooting Investigated on Pacific Avenue
STOCKTON – Officers with the Stockton Police Department investigated a report of a person shot late Thursday morning near Sherwood Mall.
The shooting happened at about 10:45am in the mall’s parking lot. Early reports indicate at least one person was struck by gunfire. The area was taped off and surrounding roadways were closed to traffic.
An alert from San Joaquin Delta College read as follows:
“Mustang Alert!: Police Activity at Mall – Shooting across from Stockton campus at the mall. Suspects fled away from campus. Delta is safe. Avoid Pacific Avenue.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
Explosive Wildfire Burns Near Mariposa
MARIPOSA – A fast moving wildfire tore through a mountainous community just north of Mariposa Friday Afternoon, as firefighters scrambled resources to the area.
The Oak Fire was reported at about 2:10pm near the area of Highway 140 and Carstens Road in Midpines. Within a short amount of time, the fire grew to over 1,000 acres. By midnight, FIRIS (a wildfire mapping aircraft service) had mapped the fire to approximately 5,712 acres with zero containment.
At least 1,300 structures in the area were threatened, and a total of 383 personnel were working the incident. Several evacuation orders were issued for areas affected by the fire.
The cause and origin of the fire was under investigation.
Man, Woman Found Dead in South Modesto Home
MODESTO – Authorities closed a section of Inyo Avenue as they investigated the deaths of a man and a woman Thursday morning.
Authorities closed off Inyo Avenue between Gutherie and Tulsa Streets early Thursday morning for a report of a person shot in a home. A man ran across the street to a neighbor’s home for help shortly after 5:00am saying he had been injured in the shooting. According to Sergeant Luke Schwartz with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, the incident appeared domestic in nature.
Crisis negotiators and SWAT teams responded to assist in the incident, while several neighboring homes were evacuated out of an abundance of caution, Sergeant Schwartz said.
Upon making entry, authorities found a man and woman in the home deceased. The initial victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and was said to be in critical condition.
Crimes against persons detectives and evidence technicians worked into the late morning to process the scene. Investigators were still working to positively identify the two deceased individuals located in the home.
Officials said there was no threat to public safety.
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