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Turlock shooting suspect, father nabbed by police
Jeffrey Chandler
Police arrested Jeffrey Chandler, 18, of Turlock, on an allegation of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Richard Lee Short III. - photo by Contributed

An 18-year-old man wanted for the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Turlock boy was apprehended Friday, along with his father, who is now facing criminal charges of his own.

Turlock Police investigators had been searching for Jeffrey Chandler on allegations he shot Richard Lee Short III on June 11 at a home in the 300 block of Mitchell Avenue.

Turlock Police officers found Short outside a home and began CPR on him until paramedics arrived and transported him to an area hospital, where he died from the gunshot wound.

Sean Chandler
Sean Chandler arrested and charged with being an accessory to involuntary manslaughter, after helping his son elude police in the shooting death of Richard Lee Short III.

Chandler fled the scene of the shooting. As the investigation progressed detectives learned Chandler was being helped by his father, Sean Chandler, 48. It also was learned the two were traveling around town in a white SUV.

“Many hours were spent trying to track down both Jeffrey and Sean Chandler, however, they were not located until today,” said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman on Friday.

The SUV was spotted in the 1000 block of Sousa Street on Friday, so officers and investigators converged on the neighborhood and began a thorough search of the area. The effort led to the discovery of the father and son hiding in a shed behind a home in the 900 block of Sousa Street. They were both taken into custody without incident.

Jeffrey Chandler will be booked for involuntary manslaughter and Sean Chandler will be booked for being an accessory to involuntary manslaughter.
“This is another example of the great work done every day by Turlock Police Department officers and detectives,” said Turlock Police Chief Nino Amirfar. “Their hard work and relentless pursuit of Mr. Chandler resulted in his arrest and eventually his day in court. I would also like to thank the citizens of Turlock who assisted us with this investigation. Their willingness to come forward and provide statements and information ensured that this case was brought to a timely conclusion.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Detective Paul Inderbitzen at 668-6551. Tipsters can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at