Police probe Sonora slaying

Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat /

Local and state law enforcement are investigating the apparent weekend slaying of a Sonora man, the city's first homicide since 2001.

The body of Rick Roberts, 49, was found late Sunday morning by a friend in his auto shop on the 200 block of Mono Way.

Police Chief Mark Stinson said Sunday afternoon that dispatchers received a call about 11:15 a.m. reporting a bloodied man who appeared to be deceased inside a business near Mono Way and Barretta Street in Sonora.

The man was confirmed dead shortly after investigators and other emergency workers arrived.

The death appeared to be the result of a gunshot wound, according to police.

He described the death as "suspicious," and on Monday morning said there have been no arrests and investigators do not have any suspects.

For the full story see today's Union Democrat.

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