Man arrested after deadly shooting at Lodi fruit packing plant

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The sheriff’s office says the man killed in the shooting was a plant employee. The motive is still under investigation.

LODI, Calif. — A Lodi man was arrested late Tuesday night on suspicion of murder after a deadly shooting.

According to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting was reported around 10 p.m. Monday at the Rivermaid Trading Company on E Pine Street in Lodi.

Upon arrival, deputies found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, 27-year-old Jorge Bejar of Lodi, died at the scene. The sheriff’s office confirmed to ABC10 that Bejar was a Rivermaid employee.

The sheriff’s office says detectives determined 41-year-old Gabriel Hernandez was the suspect.

The Manteca Police Department spotted the suspect vehicle around 11 p.m. Tuesday and the officer followed it until backup arrived. Police tried to stop the vehicle and Hernandez ended up running away.

Hernandez was arrested after a search involving the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office helicopter.

He was booked Wednesday morning on suspicion of murder and two gun charges.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.