CERES — A man was shot dead in a Ceres front yard after what appears to be a fight over a woman, police said.
The suspect in the Friday afternoon homicide was taken into custody early Saturday morning after he was found in a Modesto motel, according to Sgt. Derek Perry of the Ceres Police Department.
Police were called to a home in the 1400 block of Hackett Road on Friday at 5:38 p.m. on a report of shots fired.
When they arrived, they found the victim, Adolfo Sandoval, 43, of Ceres, in the front yard suffering from gunshot wounds.
He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Perry said the suspect, Noel Mansilla, a parolee, was upset with Sandoval over the fact that Mansilla's estranged wife had moved in with Sandoval. A confrontation occurred, and police say Mansilla, 34, shot Sandoval.
Detectives later discovered information and tracked Mansilla to a motel on Kansas Avenue. He was taken into custody at 5 a.m. Mansilla is being held at the Stanislaus County Jail.