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Suspect detained in deadly shots of the good Samaritan who stopped to help motorists on the San Diego highway



A 21-year-old man was arrested on Saturday in connection with the deadly shooting of a good Samaritan who had called for helping a seemingly stranded motorist on Interstate 15, San Diego police said Sunday.

Brandon Acuna was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and burglary, San Diego police said Lt. Anthony Dupree. He declined to offer more details except to say that others could have been involved in the shooting.

Curtis Adams, 21, an active member of the Navy, drove his girlfriend south on the highway when they saw him a man standing next to a white vehicle on his shoulder near the northern Interstate 5 driveway in Logan Heights around 2:20 in the morning, said Dupree.

The couple moved to help, and Adams was shot dead as he left his vehicle, Dupree said.

The gunman returned to his vehicle and fled south.

Soon after, the California Highway Patrol issued a warning that a similar vehicle was being stopped on Northbound Interstate 5 near 32nd Street. A man was also seen away from the vehicle.

Officers found the man on Newton Street, later identified as Acuna, and he was arrested, police said.

Investigators also believe that Acuna was involved in an attempt to hit Auto Boundary Street in the township of Mt. Hope about 1

0 minutes before the deadly shooting, police said.

Detectives work to determine if another person was involved in the attempted burglary.

kristina.davis@sduniontribune.com


UPDATES:

17:05: This item has been updated with new police information

This article was originally published at 11:40 am


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