Sacto 9-1-1
August 6, 2013
Sacramento police arrest two in connection with Alvin Valentine homicide

Sacramento police have arrested two suspects in connection with a June shooting at a house party that left one dead and three injured.

Today, police arrested 19-year-old Elijah Rodgers on suspicion of murder, resisting arrest, possession of rock cocaine for sale and weapons charges, according to Officer Michele Gigante.

Police confirmed that Rodgers was shot by homicide detectives July 17 as they attempted to talk to him as part of their investigation into the June 23 shooting on Sea Drift Way that killed Alvin Valentine. After a brief pursuit, detective caught up with Rodgers and, while trying to subdue him, saw that he had a handgun, police said. Two detectives fired at Rodgers, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Rodgers was treated at a local hospital and was arrested today upon his release, police said.

Also in custody is a 17-year-old boy, who police described as an "active participant" in the shooting. He was booked into juvenile hall after his July 27 arrest on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, and gross negligent discharge of a firearm, police said.

The shooting erupted on Sea Drift Way during a house party. Valentine, a Kennedy High School graduate, was struck by gunfire as the car he was a passenger in pulled up to the party, according to his family. Injured in the gunfire were a 15-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man.

Police are continuing their investigation and ask that anyone with information come forward.

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