Merced man arrested for attempted homicide

12/28/2012 11:32 AM

12/28/2012 9:17 PM

A 27-year-old Merced man was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with a shooting on West 26th and Canal streets on Sunday, police reported.

Officers said the victim was physically assaulted and as he fled, someone shot at him.

Police identified the suspect who fired at the victim as Pete Valenzuela, who officers said is a documented member of a Northern street gang.

With the help of the Narcotic Task Force, Gang Violence Suppression Unit, and the Merced Police SWAT team, Valenzuela was located at the 3200 block of Shaffer Road on Thursday.

After a short foot pursuit, he was arrested and booked for the attempted homicide and for outstanding arrest warrants. Officers said no one was injured in the apprehension of Valenzuela.

He is being held at the Merced County jail with no bail.

Police Officers are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to call (209) 385-6992, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725.

The public can send anonymous text messages to the police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “ComVIP” as the “keyword” in the text message.

-- Sun-Star Staff

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service