Victim of deadly I-5 road rage shooting was retired correctional officer

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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation released the following statement about retired correctional officer Lufino Reyes Mejorado.

Retired Correctional Officer Lufino Reyes Mejorado, 60, began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on April 17, 1988, and had worked at California State Prison, Solano until he retired on Dec. 27, 2018.

Mejorado was an exemplary officer and an integral part of California State Prison, Solano. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. CDCR extends its condolences to his family during this difficult time.

The Peer Support Program was activated at CSP, Solano. The program ensures employees are provided with intervention and resources to cope with the effects of a traumatic incident.

Terry Thornton, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Deputy Press Secretary

Original story below:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The deadly road rage shooting that happened Monday has left family, friends and local law enforcement reeling as the victim was a retired correctional officer. 

Authorities said 60-year-old Lufino Mejorado died after he was shot multiple times while behind the wheel of a Dodge Ram pickup. 

“Lufino was an amazing man,” said Yolando Hall, a friend of Mejorado. “We go way back. And we were part of a wonderful ministry here in town. It was just shocking. It was really hurtful to hear. I know he was an amazing man of God, amazing man of faith.” 

The California Highway Patrol said the incident began Monday afternoon on Interstate 80 and Watt Avenue. Later, as both drivers traveled down Interstate 5, the gunman opened fire and struck Mejorado several times. 

Mejorado pulled over on I-5 just south of Richards Boulevard, unable to drive anymore. 

Officers said despite being shot, Mejorado was able to relay to dispatchers that the gunman drove a white Mercedes, which was instrumental in them catching the suspect.

“That doesn’t surprise me at all just because of the type of person that Lufino was. Just very strong, charismatic, just an all-around good person,” Hall told FOX40. “I just send love out to his family and our condolences. His presence on this earth is going to be missed.”                 

Investigators were able to track the suspect down near Watt Avenue, identifying him as 33-year-old David Perry, of Sacramento. 

Perry was arrested on suspicion of murder and was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail.

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