* Efren Valdemoro was suspected of being connected to the murder of Ricardo Sales in Richmond
Published by Staff Reporter on September 1, 2010
California Highway Patrol Officers on Tuesday night shot and killed a suspect in a Hercules murder who may be connected to several other killings, a CHP spokesman said today. At about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, the CHP received a call from Pleasant Hill police, who were requesting assistance with a pursuit on the freeway, CHP Sgt. Trent Cross said. The driver, Efren Valdemoro, 38, was suspected of being connected to the murder of 73-year-old Ricardo Sales, who was found bludgeoned to death in the bedroom of his Hercules home on Saturday. CHP officers responded and “we pursued the suspect vehicle from Pleasant Hill all the way to Richmond,” Cross said. The driver stopped at the Ranch 99 Market on Pierce Street in Richmond, near Interstate Highway 80, then got out of the car and ran into the market. Two CHP officers chased him and encountered him inside, armed with a large knife, Cross said. They ordered him to drop the knife but he refused, according to Cross. ”The officers were in fear for their lives and discharged their
firearms,” Cross said. Valdemoro was killed in the shooting. Meanwhile, outside, other CHP officers had approached the suspect’s vehicle and found an unresponsive woman inside. They tried to revive her but she was deceased, Cross said. He said it appears she had been dead for a while but it’s not clear how long. The woman had suffered some injuries to her head and neck, he said. “We’re not certain what the cause of death was,” he said. Cross said the suspect is believed to be connected to several other homicides. Police are still looking for 35-year-old Frederick Sales, the son of the Hercules murder victim, Ricardo Sales, and are concerned for his safety.
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