Sacrament Sheriff's Deputies Make Arrest in Shooting After Drug Deal Gone Bad

April 11, 2017 |   The Sacramento Sheriff's Department have made an arrest in a shooting yesterday afternoon that left one vi...

April 11, 2017 |  

The Sacramento Sheriff's Department have made an arrest in a shooting yesterday afternoon that left one victim in critical conditions with a gun wound to the head.

In the early morning hours of April 11, 2017, detectives from the Sheriff’s Crimes Against Persons Bureau arrested John Charleston, 25, of Sacramento on suspicion of a shooting which critically injured a 26-year-old man on Altadena Way.

A little after 4 p.m. on April 10, 2017, the Sheriff’s Communication Center received several 911 calls regarding the sounds of gunshots in the 4500 block of Altadena Way in Sacramento. Deputies responded to the scene and located a vehicle which crashed through a fence and into a backyard. 

Deputies contacted the 26-year-old male driver inside the vehicle, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Sacramento Metro Fire Department responded and transported the victim to a local hospital. The victim remains in critical condition.

First responding deputies were provided descriptions of subjects who were seen around the incident. Two male subjects were detained during a search of adjacent yards. Charleston was one of the males detained and another male was questioned by detectives and later released. A handgun was also located at the scene. 

Detectives have learned the shooting was precipitated by a marijuana deal that went bad. Detectives believe there were several other subjects present during the incident, and are looking to talk to them to provide a clearer picture of how the event transpired.

John Charleston was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail and is being held on $75,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on April 13, 2017.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

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