Police make arrest in Richmond's first homicide of the year

Police make arrest in Richmond's first homicide of the year
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Last update January 20, 2024 8:07 a.m.

A 47-year-old man died in Richmond’s first homicide of the year on Wednesday, a day after the city council celebrated last year’s record-low homicide numbers.

A story published by the East Bay Times said police served one of two search warrants at a Hercules home on Thursday and arrested 41-year-old Morgan Sadler in connection to the murder. The paper also reported the shooting victim as Richmond resident Charles Harvey.

Richmond sees first homicide of year, a fatal shooting
Police arrested a suspect Thursday evening in Hercules.

According to Richmond Police Chief Bisa French, officers responded to a shooting in the 2900 block of Gomer Drive on Wednesday morning. Officers located a 47-year-old male inside the residence suffering from a gunshot wound to his head.

“The scene was chaotic, with multiple people within the residence. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” French wrote. “Homicide detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.”

French said a suspect has not yet been identified, and detectives are currently attempting to interview potential witnesses.

Mayor Eduardo Martinez said he was heartbroken to learn of the city’s first homicide of the year.

Richmond sees lowest number of homicides in decades in 2023
Richmond ended the year with the lowest homicide rate police could find on record, said Assistant Police Chief Tim Simmons during a report at the Community Police Review Commission Wednesday night. The drop mirrors a nationwide trend of declining homicide rates. “Eight was our official number,” Simmons said. “We have

“The loss of any precious life is deeply upsetting, and my prayers are with the grieving family today,” Martinez wrote on social media. “Only last night, we recognized that 2023 saw Richmond’s lowest-ever recorded homicide rate in our city’s history. I am proud of the growth our city has worked toward while recognizing we shouldn’t rest until all lives in our city are protected, all year, every year.”

Sadler is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility on a $2 million bail.

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