City of Sacramento Police Department

SAMUEL D. SOMERS JR.
Chief of Police
5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA  95822-3516

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MEDIA ADVISORY/PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release No. 20100518-090
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

2006 Homicide Solved

The Sacramento Police Department has arrested 20-year-old Taurus Baker for a 2006 murder. 

On February 8, 2006, at 12:53 p.m., an officer was patrolling in the 6000 block of Mack Road when he was hailed down regarding a shooting that had just occurred in the parking lot.  The officer found the victim, 38-year-old Joseph Bush, inside his vehicle suffering from a gun shot wound.  Sacramento Fire Department arrived and determined that Bush had died at the scene. 

Homicide detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded.  During the investigation, detectives determined that Bush had recently moved back to Sacramento from Illinois.  On the morning of the shooting, Bush had just dropped off his child at school and was in a parking lot on Mack Road when he was shot.  Investigators did not initially know the motive for the crime and no immediate suspects were identified. 

In 2009, detectives received information that led them to revisit the homicide case.  Based on witness information and forensic evidence, detectives believe that Taurus Baker shot and killed Bush during an attempt car jacking. 

On May 17, 2010, at 6:45 p.m., the Career Criminal Apprehension Team (CCAT) located and arrested Taurus Baker near Laguna and Franklin Boulevard without incident. 

Taurus Baker

Taurus Baker

Taurus Baker

Taurus Baker

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