By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
One dead in Turlock shooting
Suspect apprehended moments after fatal encounter
paris roberts
Paris Roberts Jr.

A man was arrested by Turlock Police officers for a homicide that was possibly sparked by an incident of road rage.

Arrested on suspicion of homicide was Paris Roberts Jr., 20, of Keyes.

The deceased was identified by the police department as Pablo Vargas Jr., 34, of Keyes.

Detectives suspect Roberts gunned down Vargas after the two were involved in some sort of traffic incident. Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Steve Rodrigues did not have any details about what type of traffic incident led to the deadly encounter.

Around 9:30 a.m. Saturday the police department received a report of shots fired in the 4500 block of N. Golden State Boulevard.

The first officers to arrive found Vargas lying on the roadway with a gunshot wound, Rodrigues said. Vargas was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later died from the injuries sustained from the gunshot.

A witness to the shooting told the officers there had been some sort of altercation that appeared to be an incident of road rage. The witness also was able to provide officers with a description of the vehicle the suspect had used to flee the scene.

Officers began checking the area and found a vehicle matching the provided description of the vehicle at the intersection of Fulkerth Road and N. Golden State Boulevard.

Three individuals were inside the vehicle, including Roberts. Roberts was taken into custody during a high risk traffic stop.

Investigators have recovered a firearm that they suspect was used in the shooting, Rodrigues said.

The investigation is ongoing and the police department asks that anyone who has any information regarding this incident or any other similar incidents is asked to contact Detective Frank Navarro at 664-7319.

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.