A gang member from Dos Palos was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a shootout last year that left a 17-year-old rival gang member dead. Witnesses refused to cooperate with police and some evidence suggested the suspect may have been acting in self-defense, authorities say.
A 21-year-old Firebaugh woman died just before midnight Monday after she was shot in the chest during a car-to-car gunfight between rival gangs on the outskirts of Dos Palos earlier in the day, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
Dos Palos police “used their noses” Tuesday night to investigate an illegal marijuana garden operation worth more than $1 million on the streets that landed a Modesto man in jail, Police Chief Barry Mann said.
Gov. Jerry Brown approved the state budget Monday that includes the $4.5 million championed by Merced-area elected officials to fight gang violence and other law enforcement issues. The Violence Interruption/Prevention Emergency Response, or VIPER, program uses social media, gang sources and information databases to intervene before violence happens, according to leaders.