Police: Husband killed man in Turlock walking beside wife

local@modbee.comJuly 7, 2013 

— A man shot at the end of his work shift in a watermelon field died Monday morning.

The man suspected of shooting him is a co-

worker's husband, according to Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Keith Rakoncza.

The victim, who has not been identified, was shot about 3 p.m. Sunday while walking to his car with co-workers after finishing work in the field on Simmons Road near Washington Road.

The man was walking next to a female co-worker, whose husband has been identified as the suspect, when they heard a car speeding toward them.

The wife said she turned around and saw her husband, Eduardo Favian Maldonado, 42, in his vehicle, according to police.

Maldonado opened fire, striking the victim and nearly hitting his wife, police said.

The victim was taken by helicopter to a hospital. He died about 8 a.m. Monday, Rakoncza said.

Deputies searched the area for Maldonado on the ground and from the air with the Sheriff's Department helicopter but did not locate him.

Maldonado was driving a dark red or maroon 1999 four-door Mercury Mystique with California license plate number 5FLX194.

Rakoncza said Maldonado may be attempting to flee to Mexico.

He is wanted on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and attempted corporal injury on a spouse.

Detectives are trying to determine why Maldonado was shooting at his wife and her co-workers, Rakoncza said.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Cory Brown at (209) 567-4485. You can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email tips at www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a reward.

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