Crime

A heated argument during a child custody pickup led to his death

James Ryan Dean
James Ryan Dean

Fresno police arrested a 25-year-old man early Monday for the shooting of a 43-year-old man who was picking up his granddaughter for child custody.

James Ryan Dean, was booked into Fresno County Jail in lieu of posting $1 million bail for the shooting of Augustine Velasco in the 1200 block of East Vassar Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Witness say Dean, the current boyfriend of Velasco’s ex-wife, got into an argument with Velasco before the shooting, Fresno police say.

Dean was later found near Olive Avenue and Parkway Drive by police during routine patrols.

He was recognized as the suspect in Velasco’s death and taken into custody without incident, police said.

Marc Benjamin: 559-441-6166, @beebenjamin

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