A 15-year-old boy is facing murder charges after the man he shot died, police said Monday.
Mike Chandler, 56, died Monday morning at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. He was shot in the head about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the living room of a home on the 3000 block of Fifth Street in Ceres.
Chandler was sleeping on a living room couch when the 15-year-old and his 17-year-old brother came home. Chandler and the boys argued over how much noise the brothers were making, and police said the argument ended with the 15-year-old shooting Chandler.
Police arrested the brothers Sunday. The 15-year-old was booked at Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attemped murder and his brother on suspicion of concealing a felony.
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The 15-year-old, who lives in Ceres, was intially booked on a charge of attempted murder. He was rebooked on a murder charge after Chandler died, said Ceres police Detective Derek Perry.
Chandler was a transient.
CERES -- Police are accusing a 15-year-old boy of shooting a 56-year-old man in the head early Sunday after the two argued about the teen and his brother making too much noise.
The man -- whom police did not identify because they have not contacted his family -- was on life support at a Modesto-area hospital Sunday evening, said officer Allen McKay.
The 15-year-old and his 17-year-old brother were booked at the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall, the younger brother on suspicion of attempted murder and the older brother on suspicion of attempting to conceal a crime.
Their names were not released because they are minors.
The 56-year-old is a transient, police said.
McKay said the man was sleeping on the couch in the living room when the brothers came home about 2:30 a.m. He said the brothers and the man argued, and the 15-year-old shot the man above his right eye from several feet away.
"The argument was over the brothers making too much noise," McKay said.
The man then walked and ran to the police station, about a quarter-mile away. Because of his gunshot wound, McKay said, the man could not communicate clearly about what happened.
"He was mumbling and making noises, but he wasn't making sense," McKay said. "He could respond to questions by shaking his head 'yes' or 'no,' but he couldn't tell us what happened."
Police thought the man had a head wound but did not know he had been shot, Mc- Kay said. But officers immediately called for an ambulance and tried to calm the man. A CAT scan at the hospital revealed a bullet lodged deep in the man's brain.
"He was not gushing blood," McKay said. "It looked like he was bleeding from a head wound. We were surprised to learn that he had been shot."
Police learned the man's identity and that he frequented residences in the city. McKay said at one of these locations -- a single-family home in the 3000 block of Fifth Street -- they found blood and the brothers.
Detectives obtained a search warrant, and McKay said they found a .32-caliber handgun they suspect was used in the shooting.
McKay said another man lives in the home along with the brothers. That man was home during the shooting but not arrested. McKay said the brothers' parents were not at the home during the shooting.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Ceres police Detective Derek Perry at 538-5730.
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