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William Chamberlain arrested for alleged murder of Samuel Morales in Richmond on Harbor Way

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Witnesses and community members’ tips led to the arrest of a suspect in the fatal shooting of a young man in Richmond on Sunday, a police captain said today. Officers arrested William Chamberlain, 37, of Richmond, on Monday evening, about 24 hours after he allegedly shot and killed Samuel Morales, 24, Capt. Mark Gagan said. Police said around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Morales was driving on Harbor Way when he was shot, causing him to crash into a tree about three blocks away.

He died at the scene. Gagan said Chamberlain was identified almost immediately as a suspect in the killing, and investigators learned the 37-year-old man had apparently had a feud with Morales leading up to the murder. The captain credited witnesses and community members who came forward with information for Chamberlain’s speedy arrest.

“Community involvement…really is the most important factor in being able to solve murders,” he said. Morales’s death marks Richmond’s 17th homicide this year, including the fatal shooting a 34-year-old San Pablo man at the Richmond BART station, which was handled by BART police.

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