(Reuters) – Police in Stockton, California stated on Saturday they’ve arrested a person suspected of killing six folks in a string of murders which have rocked the realm in Northern California.
Due to ideas and investigative work, authorities have been in a position to watch a person and cease him whereas he was driving within the metropolis within the early hours of Saturday morning, Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden stated.
The person, who was clad in darkish clothes, had a masks round his neck and was in possession of a firearm when investigators stopped him, was “on a mission to kill,” McFadden stated at a information convention.
“We’re certain we stopped one other killing,” he added.
McFadden recognized the suspect as Wesley Brownlee, 43. The shootings, which began final yr and continued into September, have been linked by forensic ballistics proof, authorities stated earlier this month.
The San Joaquin County District Legal professional’s workplace was reviewing the proof and the suspect will seem in courtroom on Tuesday, stated Tori Verber Salazar, the county’s district lawyer.
Six victims have been killed, all however one within the Stockton space, and a seventh particular person survived her accidents.
On Oct. 4, police launched a surveillance video of an individual of curiosity within the killing spree, and stated the crimes could possibly be the work of a serial killer “on a mission,” though no motive was given.
Stockton is a metropolis of greater than 300,000 folks in California’s central valley, about 60 miles east of San Francisco.