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Stockton fire chief charged with domestic violence in Turlock
Erik Newman
Erik Newman

A report of domestic violence at a Turlock home earlier this month has led to the arrest of the Stockton fire chief.

The Turlock Police Department was advised of an alleged domestic violence incident which had occurred on June 14 in the 4600 block of Visions Dr. in Turlock. An investigation resulted in the identification of the victim — whose identity has not been released — and Erik Newman, 52, of Stockton. 

Newman is the current Chief of Fire Services in Stockton.

As the investigation progressed, attempts were made to locate and speak to Newman, however, these were unsuccessful, according to TPD. On Thursday, the investigation had developed sufficient probable cause to seek the arrest of Newman for violation of Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant, a felony charge.

Newman was arrested in Stockton on Thursday, with the assistance of Stockton Police Department. Turlock Police Detectives responded to Stockton and took custody of Newman, who was then booked into Stanislaus County Jail. 

According to the Stockton Firefighters Local 456 Facebook page, Newman has served as the Stockton Fire Chief for the last four years and was slated to leave by the end of the month. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Newman had recently accepted a role in San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management.

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.