CERES -- A 15-year-old boy faces a murder charge after the man he is suspected of shooting died, police said.
The man died Monday morning at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Police identified him as Michael Chandler, a 56-year-old transient. He was shot in the head about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the living room of a home in the 3000 block of Fifth Street in Ceres.
The shooting ended an argument between Chandler and two teenage brothers, police said. He had been sleeping on a couch and complained about how much noise the brothers were making when they came home, according to police.
Chandler walked and ran to the police station, about a quarter-mile away, after he was shot above his right eye. Because of his gunshot wound, he could not speak clearly.
"He was mumbling and making noises, but he wasn't making sense," officer Allen McKay said Sunday. "He could respond to questions by shaking his head 'yes' or 'no,' but he couldn't tell us what happened."
Police learned Chandler's identity and which residences he frequented in the city. They checked them and found blood and a handgun at the Fifth Street home.
The brothers were booked at the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall on Sunday, the 15-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder and the 17-year-old on suspicion of concealing a felony.
The 15-year-old was rebooked Monday on suspicion of murder, Ceres police Detective Derek Perry said.
The brothers' names were not released because they are minors.
Mike Guptin, 18, said Monday that he has lived by himself in the Fifth Street home for about a year. He said his mother owns the home.
Guptin said he knew Chandler through his mother. He said Chandler spent a few months recuperating at the home about a year ago after getting out of the hospital.
Guptin said Chandler knocked on his door late Saturday or early Sunday and asked if he could spend the night. Guptin agreed. Chandler cleaned up, got something to eat and turned in for the night on the couch.
Guptin said he went to his bedroom in the back of the house, went to sleep and did not hear anything. He said he was awakened Sunday morning to the sound of police officers knocking on his door. He said Chandler and the 15-year-old were gone.
"I didn't believe it," Guptin said when officers asked him if he knew that Chandler had been shot.
The brothers said they spent Saturday night with friends at a party and came home about 2:30 a.m., he said.
Guptin said the brothers had been staying with him for about a month. Perry said police will look into the brothers' living arrangements and question their parents.
"Our first priority is to get this case to the district attorney's office so criminal charges can be filed," Perry said. "But we definitely are going to follow up with mom and dad."
The brothers' parents and siblings declined to comment Monday.
Chandler's wife, Glenda, died about two years ago. Two family members of Glenda Chandler said she met and married Mike Chandler while he was in prison. They said he struggled with drugs and had been sick recently.
They said he been attending church and trying to turn his life around.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Ceres police Detective Derek Perry at 538-5730.