On May 10, 2018, at 6:02 p.m. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies began receiving ShotSpotter activations in South Sacramento. At 6:06 p.m. deputies received another activation, and then minutes later the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Communications Center received calls regarding a shooting.
Deputies responded to the area and began speaking with witnesses in the neighborhood, collecting evidence, and processing the scene but did not locate any victims. During the preliminary investigation, deputies were able to obtain a description of the possible suspects.
Later in the evening, at 8:20 p.m. Sheriff’s Department Gang Detectives were patrolling the area of 35th Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when they spotted a vehicle, which matched the description from the earlier incidents. The detectives and additional personnel from the Sheriff’s Departments Central Division initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the two occupants who were detained as part of the investigation.
The occupants were identified as 46-year-old Derick L. Paradise and 40-year-old Meay P. Saechao, both of Sacramento. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded 12 gauge, pump-action shotgun, and a semi-automatic 9mm handgun; neither firearms were registered to Paradise or Saechao.
Paradise and Saechao were transported to the Sacramento County Main Jail where they were booked on charges pertaining to illegal firearms possession and discharging a firearm in a negligent manner. Detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation to see if there are additional crimes involved in this case.
Sergeant Shaun Hampton