Susanville man arrested on murder charge
In a press release from the SPD, the victim has been identified as Jason Theodore Hamel, 36, of Susanville.
The alleged suspect, Darreck Gene Bloem, 23, was arrested and booked into the Lassen County Jail on charges of murder and the use of a firearm in the course of a crime. He is being held on a $600,000 bail.
According to the press release, the police department is in the early stages of the investigation. If anyone has any information about the incident, they are encouraged to call the SPD at 257-2171.
At approximately 1:35 a.m. Saturday, May 5, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Wildwood Way on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive man in the entryway of the residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the torso. The victim was identified as Hamel and he was initially transported to Banner Lassen Medical Center via ambulance and was subsequently airlifted to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev. Hamel ultimately succumbed to his injuries and died Saturday morning.
According to the press release, during the course of the initial investigation, officers learned Hamel and another subject identified as Bloem may have had an altercation at a business earlier in the evening.
For unknown reasons at this time, Hamel allegedly went to Bloem’s residence and another altercation ensued, resulting in Hamel being shot.
Officers from the California Highway Patrol and the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office assisted the police department at the scene. The police department expresses their gratitude for their help.
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