Crime

Fresno man arrested in teen's killing

A teenager accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old in Madera last month was arrested Wednesday in Fresno as part of an operation that involved Madera police and about 50 Fresno officers, including a SWAT team.

Odell Travis, 19, identified by Fresno police as a member of a southwest Fresno street gang, the Young Black Soldiers, was taken into custody about 7:30 a.m. at an apartment complex on the 2300 block of East Ashlan Avenue in east-central Fresno.

Travis was arrested on suspicion of one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder, Madera police detective Sgt. Robert Salas said.

Travis has been identified as the main suspect in a shooting Aug. 25 in the 300 block of West Sherwood Way in which Joseph Torres, 15, a Madera High School student, was killed. A 17-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man were shot and wounded, Salas said.

The shooting is believed to have stemmed from some type of verbal dispute between the victims and Travis, who reportedly was with at least two other people, Salas said.

In addition to Travis, a 29-year-old man and a 24-year-old women were arrested Wednesday at the East Ashlan apartment complex in connection with the murder investigation, Salas said. But he said he was not ready Wednesday to release any more information about those arrests.

A firearm was recovered during the arrests on East Ashlan, but Salas said it was not immediately known whether that gun had been used in the shooting.

As Travis and others were arrested in Fresno, officers were also arresting Travis' mother in Madera, investigators said. Salas said she was taken into custody on suspicion of being an accessory after the shooting. He did not release her name.

The parking lot behind Macy's at Fresno Fashion Fair was used as a command post by the police while they set up for the searches. Officers also checked a location in southwest Fresno for another suspect in the shooting, but they were not able to find him.

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