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Homicide Hit and Run Fatality and Shooting Investigation
(Posted 6/30/2020)

7/1/2020 4:00 p.m. Update Yuba County Detectives have released the identity of the suspect wanted in connection with the shooting and subsequent hit and run fatality from last night. A warrant of arrest has been issued for 35-year-old William Joseph Henson of Marysville for the murder of 44-year-old Michael Sanchez of Yuba City, the motorcyclist killed as Henson sped away in a vehicle from the scene of a shooting just moments before the fatal collision. Henson is also wanted for the attempted murder of the woman injured when he allegedly fired a gun toward a hotel parking lot, where a bullet struck the victim’s vehicle. Henson is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 ft. 9 inches tall and 135lbs. Henson has multiple tattoos including his neck and face. Henson has address history in Sacramento and most recently Marysville. Henson should be considered potentially armed and dangerous. If a member of the public sees Henson, call 911 and do not approach. Investigators request if anyone has additional information related to the case or the location of Henson, please contact Yuba County Sheriff’s Department at 530-749-7777 or our email tip line on our website at https://sheriff.co.yuba.ca.us/Services/tip.aspx Original Release 11:00 a.m. 7/1/2020 On Tuesday 6/30/2020 at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting that had just occurred in front of a motel in the 800 block of N. Beale Rd in East Linda. One female victim was located at the scene with injuries to her leg after at least one bullet struck the car she was driving as she was pulling out of the parking lot. She was transported to the hospital by ambulance, where she was treated and released. Witnesses at the scene reported that the suspect had been in a verbal altercation with individuals in the parking lot of the motel earlier in the evening. The suspect drove away in a vehicle with a second unidentified occupant, before returning alone in the vehicle a short time later. Upon arriving back to the motel, the suspect reportedly fired a gun toward the parking lot from the car he was driving, striking the victim vehicle. The suspect then drove off and was not located upon deputies’ arrival at the scene. Within minutes of the shooting, a fatal hit and run involving a vehicle striking a motorcycle occurred nearby. California Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal accident, which killed the 44-year-old man from Yuba City on the motorcycle. The vehicle believed involved in the hit and run was found abandoned nearby. Despite an extensive search of the area, the driver of that vehicle was not located. The investigation into the shooting and if it is related to the fatal accident remains active and ongoing at this time.

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