Photo: Taurus Miller
PITTSBURG — In the early morning hours of Friday October 19th, the Pittsburg Police Department SWAT team arrested a murder suspect who was considered armed and dangerous. The suspect had allegedly shot another man following an argument in a downtown parking lot earlier in the week.
The shooting occurred on October 13th shortly before 2 a.m on the 600 block of Cumberland Street. The victim was identified as 38-year-old Jjuan Sanders of Pittsburg. Sanders died from a gunshot wound, after responders rushed him by ambulance to a hospital.
Officers interviewed witnesses and patrons of a business, where they saw the suspect and victim leaving together and rapidly identified the suspect as 43-year-old Taurus Miller. Video recorded by surveillance cameras aided in the investigation.
Police also obtained the license plate number of the car believed used to flee from the scene. A warrant for was issued for the suspects arrest, however he managed to elude law enforcement for several more days.
While investigating his whereabouts, detectives from Pittsburg PD determined the suspect was staying at a residence located in Stockton and a search warrant for the residence was obtained.
Authorities made plans for an early morning wake-up call to surprise the suspect. Officers from Pittsburg and Stockton organized a SWAT team to apprehend him.
Officers converged on the residence in Stockton shortly after 3 a.m. where they thoroughly searched the residence, and soon located the suspect and took him into custody.
Miller remains in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of committing murder, with additional charges pending. His bail for release is $1 million.