The suspected shooter accused of killing a 23-year-old man Aug. 4 turned himself in Wednesday.

Officers took the 17-year-old suspect into custody at Watsonville Police Department at 9pm, police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said. 

On Aug. 4, officers responded to the 800 block of McKenzie Avenue, near Tuttle Avenue, where they found Van Michael Turner near a sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical aid was immediately rendered, but he died at the scene. 

The suspect, who has not been named, has been booked into Juvenile Hall on murder charges.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


  1. Nice job – it takes a lot of courage to own up to your mistakes. This is honorable and the first step to repair.

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