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Suspect arrested in California serial killing investigation


Stockton police chief announces arrest in serial killings

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A suspect was taken into custody early Saturday in Stockton, California in connection With a serial killing investigation, officials said. The youth was caught during a traffic stop.

Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said Stockton resident Wesley Brownlee was taken into custody around 2 a.m. local time. He was under observation.

“Officials determined this morning, he was on a mission to kill,” McFadden said at a Saturday afternoon news briefing. “He was out hunting.”

The police chief said he was armed with a gun, dressed in black and, when he was arrested, had a “mask” around his neck.

“We’re sure we prevented another murder,” McFadden said.

Brownlee was charged with murder. Later the SWAT team raided his apartment.

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Wesley Brownlee was detained on October 15, 2022 in Stockton, California, in connection with a serial killing investigation.

Stockton Police Department


Investigators were looking for a suspect who, according to police, was believed to be responsible for the fatal shootings of five people in Stockton and a sixth in Oakland in April 2021. The latest murder took place in September. It is feared that the accused also shot and injured a woman.

McFadden said Brownlee was identified as a suspect thanks to suggestions from community members.

San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Werber Salazar told reporters that Brownlee would be prosecuted on Tuesday. The exact charges he is facing are yet to be determined.

This is a developing story. Refresh this page for updates.

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