Los Banos residents Alexander Cody Mossell, 22, and 23-year-old Obet Rodriguez, and 20-year-old Olympia resident Jessie James Lewis were arrested on suspicion of drug crimes before officers found finanical fraud equipment, police said.
Merced resident Tyrone Johnston, 46, was taken into custody Thursday night without incident in the area of Kelso Street and Determine Drive, near the scene of the murder of 40-year-old Arthur Hudson Jr., according to a news release.
The shooting of a male victim was reported about 6:30 p.m. near Childs Avenue and Plainsburg Road, Undersheriff Jason Goins confirmed. Few details were immediately available, including whether the victim was an adult.
The man died after being shot a single time by an officer shortly after 12:22 p.m. Wednesday along an area called the Rail Trail near Seventh and G streets in Los Banos, according to police. That section of the Rail Trail is several yards away from the Los Banos Community Center.
Police went to a home in the 600 block of Winepress Street about 8:10 p.m. Wednesday and two officers witnessed a man in a 1997 Ford Thunderbird ramming a parked car from behind, according to Los Banos police.
A Merced County sheriff's deputy responded to reports of a family fight in a home in the 18800 block of Geer Avenue in Hilmar at about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, deputies said. Randall Aaron Jones, a 59-year-old Hilmar resident, was "extremely intoxicated."
A Merced County sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries Tuesday chasing a known gang member through a sweet potato field into a canal on the western outskirts of the Beachwood/Franklin area of Merced, according to Sheriff Vern Warnke.
The 40-year-old Arthur Hudson Jr. of Merced died outside an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Kelso Street after he was shot more than once around 11:09 a.m. Monday, according to Sgt. Armando Echevarria.
Law enforcement officers in New Mexico recently arrested 42-year-old Andrew Ybarra of Modesto on an attempted murder warrant from an April 18, 2014, shooting that injured a 30-year-old Merced man, according to police.