A 16-year-old male was arrested Wednesday in the April slaying of Merced man.
The juvenile from Merced, whose name wasn’t included in a news release Friday, was reported to have been involved in an argument with 34-year-old Jose Mireles of Merced on April 28 before firing multiple shots at Mireles and fleeing the scene.
Mireles was found by police just outside his home in the 3300 block of San Mateo Court with multiple gunshot wounds in the upper body.
Mireles’ three children, the oldest of whom is 6, were inside the home at the time of the shooting, but were unharmed.
At one point during the investigation, authorities were searching for as many as three suspects who reportedly were involved in the argument with Mireles.
Witnesses identified the juvenile to detectives, who started searching for him, the release states.
Authorities were contacted by a Fresno attorney asking to arrange the surrender of the suspect, according to the release, which didn’t name the attorney.
The suspect arrived at the Merced Police Dpeartment at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and surrendered himself to Detective Chris Russell. He was later booked into Merced County Juvenile Hall for homicide.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Russell at 209-385-4707. Tips are confidential and callers can remain anonymous.
Vikaas Shanker: 209-826-3831, ext. 6562