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Fresno police: Father shot in head found by his children. One suspect linked to other crimes

Police blocked off streets at North Orchard Street and East Nevada Avenue after a shooting near downtown Fresno on Aug. 15, 2019.
Police blocked off streets at North Orchard Street and East Nevada Avenue after a shooting near downtown Fresno on Aug. 15, 2019. The Fresno Bee

Two suspects are being questioned in a fatal shooting that resulted in the death of a 30-year-old Fresno man early Thursday. One of them is also a suspect in a string of previous crimes, including a commercial robbery.

The victim, 30-year-old Ricky Brogdon, was shot in the head around 3 a.m. at his home near North Orchard Street and East Nevada Avenue.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer shared details of the crime during a news conference Thursday afternoon, including that Brogdon’s two children found him laying on the floor with a gunshot wound.

Brogdon was transported to Community Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

Brogdon called 911 before he was shot, as a suspect tried to get into his home, and the department’s ShotSpotter gunshot detection system also alerted police. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the shooting, but believe the suspects knew the victim and lived nearby.

The suspects fled the scene and were stopped by the California Highway Patrol at North Cedar Avenue and Highway 180 a short time later.

The names of the suspects have not been released, but are expected to be shared later. Dyer said the suspects are gang members, ages 18 and 22.

Dyer said one of the detained suspects will also be booked into Fresno County Jail on unrelated charges of robbery, attempted murder and attempted robbery related to a string of crimes that occurred in southeast Fresno on the night of Aug. 8.

Dyer detailed the Aug. 8 crimes:

The first incident happened at a Pic N Go in southeast Fresno. In that case, three suspects, one armed with a shotgun, tried to enter the business but were unsuccessful.

Later that night, two suspects entered the Cedar Food Market armed with a shotgun and approached the register, then drove away.

The final incident happened later that night at Boss Food & Liquor. Two suspects entered the store, one armed with a shotgun. The suspects demanded money, the clerk opened up the cash register, and money was provided to the suspect. As they left the store, the suspect armed with the shotgun fired at the clerk, missing him narrowly.

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