San Diego Police Department

Police Arrest Homicide Suspect in El Cerrito Shooting That Left One Man Dead

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Police have arrested a suspect who was "considered armed and dangerous," involved in a shooting that left a man dead in the El Cerrito neighborhood over the weekend.

The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Joseph Mehlenbacher, was located and arrested without incident in the city of Murrieta Wednesday, San Diego Police said. He was booked into San Diego County jail for murder.

At around 11 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a call of a possible shooting near a residence on the 5700 block of El Cajon Blvd. Once officers arrived, they found a man down on the second floor of a building with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body, said SDPD Lt. Matt Dobbs.

Police moved the victim, identified as 28-year-old Kenneth Confer of San Diego, to an area where they could safely provide first aid. Confer was then transferred to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Lt. Dobbs said police know Confer had been in an altercation with Mehlenbacher who fled the scene.

Mehlenbacher is being held on a $3 million bail. He is set to be arraigned on January 18.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

No other information was available.

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