Nick Costales, 34

Montclair, California
June 29, 2020

Agencies: Fresno Police Department California | Pomona Police Department California

Cause of death: Shooting

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On Sunday, June 28, 2020, Fresno Police Department (FPD) officers responded to a call of a deceased person after family members discovered 59-year-old Thelma Vasquez dead at a house in Fresno.  According to FPD, Costales, Vasquez's son, admitted to killing her and taking her car.

The FPD issued a bulletin and Pomona Police Department officers later apprehended Costales at a traffic stop.  According to officers, Costales exited his car and fired a the officers.  An officer fired back, shooting Costales.  He was taken to the hospital where he later died, and a firearm was recovered at the scene.

A motive is still unknown, but family says Costales, a Marine veteran, struggled with drug abuse and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.