“Vallejo Murder Suspect Arrested After Three-Week Manhunt for Gerald Collins, Accused of Fatally Shooting Z.K. and Injuring M.B.”

By | August 11, 2023

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Vallejo murder suspect, Gerald Collins, has been arrested after evading police for three weeks. Collins is accused of fatally shooting a man and causing serious injury to a woman. He was apprehended on Thursday and faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Collins made his first court appearance, but his arraignment has been rescheduled for August 22. The Vallejo Police Department is still investigating the case. Daniel Egitto reported

A suspect in a murder case in Vallejo was apprehended by the police on Thursday, following a three-week-long pursuit. Gerald Collins, a 23-year-old individual, stands accused of fatally shooting a man known as Z.K. on the morning of July 17 and causing significant harm to a woman identified as M.B. The incident occurred at approximately 10:49 a.m. in the 200 block of Mini Drive, where both victims sustained gunshot wounds and were swiftly transported to a local trauma center. Regrettably, the male victim succumbed to his injuries.

Court records indicate that a warrant for Collins’ arrest was issued on July 20, but the Vallejo police did not manage to apprehend him until 5:29 p.m. on Thursday. In addition to the charge of murder, Collins also faces allegations of attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm due to his prior felony conviction. The documents further assert that Collins committed these crimes with premeditated malice.

Collins was initially scheduled to make his first appearance in court at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, in front of Judge John Ellis in Fairfield. However, he delayed the proceedings by refusing to appear for approximately 20 minutes, as deputies lacked the authority to forcibly bring him without an extraction order. Judge Ellis expressed his determination to ensure Collins’ presence in court, stating, “If we have to bring him, we’re gonna bring him.”

As Collins was not legally required to be arraigned immediately, Judge Ellis began rescheduling the arraignment. Yet, Collins changed his mind and ultimately appeared in court, wearing handcuffs and a uniform from the Solano County Jail. Once present, his defense attorney, Dustin Gordon, requested more time to review the evidence. Consequently, Collins’ arraignment was rescheduled for August 22 at 8:30 a.m.

Sergeant Rashad Hollis, the public information officer for the Vallejo Police Department, declined to provide any comments regarding Collins’ arrest, citing an ongoing investigation into the case..

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