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Suspected Stockton serial killer arrested; identified as Wesley Brownlee, 43

Stockton Serial Killer: Stockton police say suspect was out "hunting" when they arrested him
Stockton Serial Killer: Stockton police say suspect was out "hunting" when they arrested him 02:31

STOCKTON - Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for the recent serial killings that claimed the lives of six people and had a city on edge.

At a press conference on Saturday, Stockton City Manager Harry Black announced the arrest and Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden identified the suspect as 43-year-old Wesley Brownlee of Stockton. 

Stockton Night Killings Suspect
Wesley Brownlee, age 43, is accused of shooting seven people, killing six. Photo via Stockton Police Dept

McFadden said the arrest was made around 2 a.m. Saturday. Police received tips from the public that led them to Brownlee's home, and after observing Brownlee driving away from his residence, police moved in and arrested him in the area of Village Green Drive and Winslow Way. 

When police pulled Brownlee over, he was allegedly dressed in black and had a black mask around his neck. He also had a firearm in possession, McFadden said. 

McFadden believes Brownlee was looking for his next victim. He was "out hunting...we are sure we stopped another killing," he said.

Brownlee is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. A press conference will follow that hearing to announce charges. 

The San Joaquin County District Attorney said, "My deputy district attorneys, who have been here all night, are reviewing the evidence as we speak and they're working actively in partnership with the investigation to determine the charges that will proceed on."

Gun used by suspect in Stockton serial killings
The gun Wesley Brownlee allegedly had with him when he was arrested.  Stockton PD

The serial killer has shot and killed six people and injured a seventh in Stockton and Oakland. Ballistics evidence linked the same gun to shootings, authorities say. 

Last week, police released video surveillance footage of the man they believe is the killer.

[Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the Sacramento Police Department would be holding the press conference.]

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