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Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Friday February 24th, 2017 :: 02:22 p.m. PST


17 Year-Old Male Arrested for Involuntary Manslaughter in Patterson

Patterson, CA - On 02-23-17 at approximately 12:26 p.m., Patterson Police Services Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to a 911 call of a medical aid in the 100 Block of Washburn Street in Patterson. The initial 911 call indicated that a male had accidentally shot himself.

When emergency medical personnel and deputies arrived to the residence they found 17 year-old Benito Garcia of Patterson with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Live saving measures were started by Emergency Medical personnel, but Garcia succumbed to his injuries.

Homicide detectives responded to the scene to assist in the death investigation. When deputies initially arrived they spoke with several people in the home, including a 17 year-old male who was present when Garcia was shot. After detectives conducted their investigation it was determined the victim's wounds were not self-inflicted.

The 17 year-old juvenile was arrested for involuntary manslaughter, minor in possession of a firearm and minor in possession of ammunition. No further details will be released on this investigation due to the ages of both the suspect and victim.

If you have information on this investigation please call Detective Sulkowski at 209-525-7032.

If you have any tips, you can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward


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