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Tuesday, November 17, 2020


On Monday, November 16, 2020, at approximately 3:40 p.m., Turlock Police Officers responded to the 1600 block of Lander Avenue after receiving multiple calls of a shooting that had occurred. The victim, Joel Lopez Guzman, a 39 year-old male from Turlock, had been shot multiple times and later succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a local area hospital.

Officers canvassed the scene for evidence and witnesses while Turlock Police Detectives were called out. The preliminary investigation showed Guzman was shot multiple times while standing near his white Toyota SUV, which was in the parking lot of the O’ Reilly Auto Parts on Lander Avenue.

This vehicle was towed from the scene, as evidence, and Investigators are working on search warrants so the vehicle can be processed in hopes of locating additional evidence.

Although the motive for this shooting is unknown at this point, Investigators are actively working on leads. Witnesses were contacted on scene and interviewed. The suspect vehicle believed to be associated with this incident is a newer model gray sedan, which was last seen fleeing the area southbound on Lander Avenue.

This remains an on-going investigation and Detectives are working to identify all of the parties involved in this incident.

Turlock Police Detectives ask that anyone with information, to call Detective Jason Tosta at (209) 664-7324. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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This information is being released by Turlock Police Department Sergeant Michael Parmley.

Any media requests should contact:
Sergeant Michael Parmley
Office of Professional Standards
Turlock Police Department
Office phone - (209) 664-7345
Email –

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