UPDATE: Fourth Arrest Made in Lodi Doctor’s Shooting Death

LODI -- Lodi Police say three men were arrested in the Aug. 1 shooting death of a well-liked podiatrist.

Investigators say Dr. Thomas Shock was shot multiple times while in his doorway on Rivergate Drive Aug. 1 around 9 p.m. Shock’s murder has scarred his family.

"My father was an unbelievable man," said Shock's son, Tracy. "His passing has created suffering that I don’t think our family could have ever imagined."

His son and daughter, Shelby Tomek, read from a prepared statement Wednesday following the news that three men suspected of killing him are now behind bars.

"I don’t think anyone is ever prepared for this but, obviously, emotions run extremely high in these situations," Tracy Shock said.

Sgt. Ricardo Garcia with the Lodi Police Department says 79-year-old Robert Lee of Lodi and 26-year-old Christopher Costello of Sacramento were both taken into custody Tuesday.

Mallory Stewart, 27, was caught Wednesday morning in Sacramento.

Raymond Jacquett, 26, joined the trio of men accused of killing Shock Thursday in court. Jacquett was picked up Wednesday night, according to the Lodi Police Department. He faces murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges.

 

 

Lee faces conspiracy to commit murder and soliciting to commit murder charges. While Costello and Stewart are both suspected of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

At one point during Thursday's hearing, the judge asked Stewart, who is facing an additional charge of murder for financial gain, if he understood what he was facing. It took him about 10 seconds to respond.

According to court documents, Stewart is the one who pulled the trigger.

He was also convicted of attempted robbery in Sacramento County eight years ago. As a result, he is also facing an additional charge of possessing a firearm.

Garcia could not say how the suspects may have known Shock.

In the days, weeks and moments of not knowing who was responsible, the Shock family says all they could do was wait. The family says they now have no choice but to move on but they’re able to do so with the community’s help.

"Our family is in complete sorrow and changed forever but we will live on because he wouldn’t have wanted it any different," Tracy Shock said.

Lee's Connection to Shock

Mario Vanotti says he has loved being neighbors with Robert Lee Sr. and his wife, Bonnie. He says they had all been friends for 30 years.

Now Lee is facing felony charges tied to the murder of the podiatrist who treated his wife.

"They were all good to us. I don't believe what's going on, tell you the truth," Vanotti told FOX40.

79-year-old Lee was arrested at his home in Lodi for conspiracy and soliciting to commit murder, in essence, hiring hitmen to kill Dr. Shock and agreeing about the plan.

Lee's wife died in March of 2016 but mementos outside of her home show thoughts of her are still very much present with those who loved her. Her death came two months after Shock was disciplined by the state Board of Podiatric Medicine.

Documents show Dr. Shock had his license revoked, a stay put on that revocation and then was put on probation by the state for three years because of negligent care given to a woman only identified by the initials B.L.

Vanotti says Robert Lee's wife was that woman.

"I just know she had her foot half amputated," Vanotti said.

That's the exact same scenario the state board describes as it detailed Shock's gross negligence in treating what began with B.L. as an infected ingrown toenail. Improper repeated injections of an anesthetic, pursuing treatment that may have impaired circulation and keeping incomplete records were some of the problems found by the state.

Vanotti told FOX40 he did not believe Lee was harboring any ill will toward Shock.

"He was out at the cemetery twice a day since his wife passed away," Vanotti said. "I just can't believe this is going on or this even happened."

Sgt. Garcia says there may be more arrests as this is still an open investigation and asks that anyone with information call 209-333-6727.