A 25-year-old man was arrested near Stockton today on suspicion of killing his girlfriend’s stepfather in Concord last week, according to Concord police. Claude Mitchell was wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of 48-year-old Carlton Ross at about 3:20 p.m. April 1 in an apartment complex in the 4800 block of Clayton Road. Ross was shot several times and found dead in a stairwell of the apartment. Mitchell and Ross both resided at the apartment complex, police said. Investigators from the Concord Police Department today went to a residence unincorporated Stockton in pursuit of Mitchell, police said. While at a home in the 3400 block of Mourfield Road, detectives learned Mitchell may be at a home nearby, in the 3400 block of Turnpike Road. Detectives responded to that home and allegedly saw Mitchell jump out one of the home’s windows and flee into a large field. Concord police, San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputies and a California Highway Patrol aircraft all searched for Mitchell, who was located within about two and a half hours, police said. He was taken into custody without incident and was expected to be transported back to the Concord Police Department to be held without bail on a warrant for homicide, police said. Police said other individuals are under investigation for potentially harboring a known fugitive.
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