The Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office said Sunday that Detectives are continuing to investigate the homicide that occurred on Highway 4.
The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Tomas Mendez of Pittsburg. The autopsy into the cause of death is scheduled for tomorrow.
On Saturday, at approximately 2:56 PM, Office of the Sheriff Dispatch received several 911 calls of a shooting that had occurred on Highway 4 eastbound near Bailey Road. Callers reported that the driver of an unknown vehicle, described as a white sedan, possibly a Honda, apparently shot at another vehicle, a green colored Dodge Stratus, driven by Mendez. That vehicle crashed into the center divide.
Mendez appeared to have been shot. The fire department and an ambulance responded. Mendez was later pronounced deceased at the scene.
The suspect is still outstanding.
Detectives hope to hear from witnesses to this incident. Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call the Office of the Sheriff at (925) 646-2441. For any tips, please email: [email protected] or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message
Saturdays shooting shut down eastbound Highway 4 as police worked the incident collecting evidence.
By 3:10 pm, a SIG Alert was issued as three lanes of eastbound traffic would be blocked off with no estimated timeline of when it would re-open.
By 3:33 pm, a hard closure was put in place on eastbound Highway 4 at San Marcos to divert all traffic off from Highway 4 so authorities could begin collecting evidence.
GoFundMe Account Set Up
Family and friends are asking for donations of any amount to help with the costs of the funeral expenses. Tomas leaves behind his 2 year old daughter, his young step daughter and his long time girlfriend. Any dontations exceeding the funeral expenses will be given to his young daughter who was robbed of a loving father just one day before Father’s Day.
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