Police arrest two in Turlock shooting death

pguerra@modbee.comNovember 7, 2013 

— Police have arrested two Turlock men in connection with the shooting death of a young man in Turlock early Wednesday.

Mayra Lewis, spokeswoman for the Turlock Police Department, confirmed the arrests Thursday morning. “Detectives have been working on this overnight,” she said.

Pardeep Singh, 21, was arrested on suspicion of murder and other weapons-related charges stemming from investigations conducted by the Ceres Police Department. Kultar Singh Dhatt, 22, was arrested on suspicion of murder. Both were taken into custody Wednesday evening and subsequently booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.

Detectives have been investigating the shooting death of Amritpal Sandhu, 21. Sandhu’s family said he had come home from work just after midnight Tuesday. He received a call from someone and then left his home, which is in the Ceres area but has a Modesto mailing address. The family didn’t know who called Sandhu.

Authorities said Sandhu called for help early Wednesday, telling the California Highway Patrol dispatcher that someone was shooting at him along Highway 99 near Turlock. Calls from cell phones to 911 routinely are routed through the CHP, which then notified Turlock police of the call.

Roughly five minutes later, residents in the area of Pioneer Avenue and East Main Street reported shots fired. Police responding to the area found Sandhu in a white Infiniti that had hit a curb. He had been shot and was declared dead at the scene.

Lewis said Thursday that police had not established how Sandhu and his attackers came to be at that intersection, but she noted that several streets connect the area to Highway 99.

Breaking News Editor Patty Guerra can be reached at pguerra@modbee.com@modbee.com or (209) 578-2302. Follow her on Twitter @PattyGuerra.

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