STOCKTON, Calif. — Sunday Update:
Around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Stockton Police say a 38-year-old man tried to physically attack a 43-year-old man in the backyard of a home in the 3200 block of Allston Way, in front of Caldwell Park in Stockton's Miracle Mile area.
The 43-year-old allegedly shot the attacker, fearing for his life, police say.
The 43-year-old, described as a caretaker for an 93-year-old homeowner, then called 911 for help, according to a Facebook post by the Stockton Police Department. Police originally identified the homeowner as 80 years old but updated the age to 93.
When they arrived to the scene, officers say they found the 38-year-old man who had been shot. Medics reportedly took him to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries. Police said the intruder appears to be a transient.
During their investigation, Stockton Police officers consulted with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office determining that the deadly shooting appears to be justified.
The Stockton Police Department says that their investigation still remains active and asks those with information to call the department at 209-937-8377.
Stockton police are investigating a shooting near the 3200 block of Allston Way.
Officer Joe Silva, Stockton police spokesperson, said the shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
"An adult male was transported to a hospital," Silva told ABC10. "No update on his condition."
At this time, information is limited.
STOCKTON CRIME IN CONTEXT
The increase in homicide cases in Stockton during the early months of 2022 came on the heels of a decline in 2021, where police reported fewer homicides ending the year with a total of 38 cases.
While that’s not the lowest number the department has dealt with in the past 12 years, it is below the annual average of 40 homicide cases per year since 1995.
In response to the rise in homicides, community groups held prayer vigils and outreach events meant to unite Stockton residents against violence.
Activists have called on the community to show up to such events and work with local organizations such as Advance Peace, Faith in the Valley, Lighthouse of the Valley and the Office of Violence Prevention to discourage crime and help impacted communities heal.
Click here for a map of crime statistics.
In an interview with ABC10 in March, Stockton City Manager Harry Black said the Stockton Police Department is trying to prevent more deaths by working more on intelligence gathering and cooperating with federal partners such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshall's Service.
The city is also working to improve its crime prevention, intervention and fighting strategy, Black said. Representatives with the city's Office of Violence Prevention are working to be more present in communities impacted by crime. The office's 'peacekeepers program' places mediators and mentors in high crime areas.
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