Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the November killing of a 3-year-old boy, the Bakersfield Police Department announced Friday.
The BPD said Tyrone Deangelo Johnson, 21, David Reagan Palms, 19, and Myeisha Bernice Dale, 29, were arrested Friday in connection with the Nov. 10 shooting that killed Major Sutton, 3, in the 800 block of Pershing Street.
The suspects have been booked into Kern County Jail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Johnson also is facing two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, the department said.
“Last year, our community suffered a record number of homicides, including the shooting death of 3-year-old Major Sutton. Today’s arrests are the result of a long and difficult investigation demonstrating our commitment to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for such despicable and cowardly acts,” said Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin. “We are grateful to the assisting local, state, and federal agencies as well as the many community members who continue to support the families of those lost to gun violence in our city.”
No other arrests are expected at this time, police said.
The child was fatally shot on Nov. 10 at about 11:45 p.m. at his residence after suspects forced their way inside. A woman and 5-year-old boy were also shot, but both survived.
According to Kern County court records, Johnson has had 12 arrests since 2014 and has been convicted in eight cases. His last court appearance was in January, when he pleaded no contest to obstructing/resisting a peace officer.
Court records show Dale and Palms were each arrested once prior to Friday. Dale pleaded no contest in 2012 for being drunk and disorderly. Palms pleaded no contest for misdemeanor battery and obstructing a peace officer last year.
Sutton's death followed that of another boy.
Another child, Kason Guyton, 5, was killed in a shooting in February 2017 while in a car in the 600 block of California Avenue. Guyton's 7-year-old brother, Brian, was wounded but survived.
The car was driven by Davyon Vercher, 31, a member of the East Side Crips who was on parole at the time of the shooting, according to court filings. Vercher was dating the boys' mother at the time.
The BPD said the case is still unsolved. A reward of $20,000 will be given for information that leads to the arrest and filing of a complaint against those responsible for the shooting.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Secret Witness of Kern County phone line at 322-4040. The line is open 24 hours a day.
Citizens can also call the Police Department at 326-3557 or through an anonymous text message by entering 274637 into your phone and texting BPDCRIMES along with your message.