Tara Hills murder suspect in custody

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The suspect in the shooting that killed 30-year-old Charles Johnson at a Tara Hills apartment complex on Sunday, Jan. 10, was arrested Friday following a separate non-injury shooting at the same apartment complex, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

Kenneth Lightfoot, 30, of Tara Hills, was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of murder and illegal discharge of a firearm and is being held on $1.05 million bail.

At about 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, deputies responded to reports of shots fired at the apartment complex at San Pablo Avenue and Crestwood Drive in Tara Hills, the sheriff’s office said. They located Johnson in a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Despite life-saving efforts by deputies and first responders, Johnson, a San Francisco resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide detectives would later identify Lightfoot as the suspect and had secured a warrant for his arrest. Then on Friday about 2:39 p.m, deputies were called to a report of shots fired at the same apartment complex where the murder took place. They then detained a man who was confirmed to be Lightfoot.

After being interviewed by detectives, Lightfoot was booked into Jail for murder.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600 or through Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (925) 646-2441. For any tips, email: [email protected] or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.