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Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Friday December 22nd, 2017 :: 10:52 p.m. PST


Detectives Investigate West Modesto Homicide

Modesto, CA – On 12-22-17 at about 2:50 p.m., deputies responded to a 911 call of a person shot in the 1700 Block of Vernon Ave in Modesto. When deputies arrived at the residence, they found a 47-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the upper body. Emergency services personnel arrived, and the man was pronounced deceased at the scene. Deputies secured the property and detained 48-year-old Joey Hardy of Modesto as part of their initial investigation.

Homicide detectives processed the crime scene and interviewed witnesses. The preliminary investigation revealed that there was an altercation inside of the residence and a gun was fired striking the victim in the upper body. It is not known at this time what the relationship was between the victim and Hardy.

Hardy was transported to the Sheriff’s Office as part of the detective’s investigation and was later booked for homicide. The name of the victim is pending the autopsy and notification to the next of kin.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, please call Detective C. Brown at 209-567-4485.

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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Modesto, CA 95351

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