Police: Man shot to death in Ceres over alleged love triangle

06/22/2013 6:40 PM

06/22/2013 6:44 PM

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.

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