Suspect arrested in California serial killing investigation
A suspect was taken into custody in Stockton, California, early Saturday morning in connection with a serial killing investigation, authorities said. The man was apprehended during a traffic stop.
Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said Wesley Brownlee, a Stockton resident, was taken into custody at about 2 a.m. local time. He had been under surveillance.
Officers “determined early this morning, he was on a mission to kill,” McFadden said in a Saturday afternoon news briefing. “He was out hunting.”
He was armed with a gun, wearing dark clothing and had a “mask around his neck” when he was arrested, the police chief said.
“We are sure we stopped another killing,” McFadden added.
Brownlee was booked for homicide. A SWAT team later raided his apartment.
Investigators had been searching for a suspect, who, according to police, was believed responsible in the fatal shootings of five men in Stockton, and a sixth man in Oakland, dating back to April 2021. The latest killing occurred in September. A woman was also believed to have been shot and wounded by the suspect.
McFadden said that Brownlee was identified as a suspect thanks to a tips from community members.
San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar told reporters Brownlee will be arraigned Tuesday. The exact charges he faces have yet to be determined.
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