MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Police announced that officers made an arrest this week in connection to a fatal shooting of a DoorDash driver in Modesto.
The Modesto Police Department said the California Highway Patrol arrested Mario Esparza, 46, of Modesto during a traffic stop on Interstate 405 near Carson around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said Esparza is in their custody and is facing murder charges for the death of 56-year-old Andrew Satavu, who completed a food delivery before he was shot on April 18.
After Satavu delivered food to a customer on Gardenia Road, police said officers received reports of gunshots heard in the area.
When officers arrived, police said Satavu was found in his vehicle with several gunshot wounds and he later died from injuries.
“All I can say is I just want to praise the work that the Modesto Police Department has done, specially detective Doug Ridenour Jr.,” Satavu’s wife Katia Satavu said in a statement. “He has gone above and beyond, worked nonstop to resolve this case and I feel so thankful and blessed.”
On Monday, police said they identified a car of interest in the killing of Andrew Satavu. Police said a late 90s 4-door Toyota Camry was suspected to be connected to the homicide.
Police said detectives were able to identify the suspect using surveillance footage during their investigation and issued an arrest warrant.
“MPD would like to acknowledge the hard work of our detectives and officers who were relentless in seeking justice for the Savatu family and friends,” the department said in a Facebook post.