Berkeley police launch murder investigation after death of Stockton man

Early Wednesday morning, Berkeley police arrested Anthony Durant on suspicion of murder after 24-year-old Stockton resident Christian Sheppard was shot and killed Tuesday night. The case marks the city’s first reported homicide of 2015.

According to Officer Byron White, the suspect is the same man who was arrested in June of 2014 after a double shooting in South Berkeley.

Durant was arrested at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday on the 1600 block of Julia Street and has been taken into custody, according to a press release from Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Jennifer Coats. 

BPD officers responded to several 911 calls about gunshots near the intersection of California and Russell streets Tuesday evening. After their arrival about 8:30 p.m., police discovered Sheppard suffering from gunshot wounds at the scene. Berkeley Fire Department transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the press release. Police believe that Durant and Sheppard knew each other.

In the 2014 case, Durant was arrested on suspicion of assault with a firearm and was later charged with possession of ammunition by a prohibited person. According to court documents, Durant was prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm because of a previous conviction.

Durant is scheduled to be arraigned at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland on Friday at 2 p.m.

Senior staff writer Bo Kovitz contributed to this report. Staff writers Logan Goldberg and Sally Littlefield also contributed to this report.

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