Crime

Victim of Fresno shooting ID'd

The woman fatally shot last week by her father-in-law was identified as Chai Xiong of Fresno, the Fresno County Coroner's Office said Tuesday.

Xiong, 29, a juvenile correctional officer for Fresno County, died Aug. 29 after she was shot in the upper torso inside her northeast Fresno home on the 6700 block of North Price Avenue about 3:19 p.m., said Lt. Mark Salazar of the Fresno Police Department.

Salazar said Xiong and James Herren, 59, of Fresno had an argument that escalated before Xiong was killed. Xiong's husband was not at home when the incident happened, Salazar said. He declined to say what the argument was about.

Officers spoke to Herren by phone before they took him into custody before 5 p.m. He was booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of homicide.

Salazar said the relationship between Herren and Xiong was rocky at times but wasn't out of the ordinary. Herren had no previous criminal record, Salazar said.

Xiong was a juvenile correctional officer for five years and was the mother of a 3-year-old girl, said Kathleen Beintker, a co-worker at the Juvenile Justice Campus.

"She was very friendly. She didn't take no flak from no one. She was fun to be around," Beintker said.

Linda Penner, chief probation officer at the Fresno County Probation Department, said Xiong worked with 30 youths a week at the juvenile justice center.

"She was well-liked and respected," Penner said.

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