Benicia Suspect Arrested For Deadly Shooting In Rodeo

RODEO (CBS SF) — A Benicia man suspected of fatally shooting a man in Rodeo Sunday morning has been arrested, Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies arrested 28-year-old Beal Xavier Hickman in connection with the homicide.

Shortly after 3 a.m. this morning, deputies were dispatched to Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo regarding a man who had arrived at the emergency room with multiple gunshot wounds, deputies said.

The victim, also a 28-year-old man, was transferred to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he succumbed to his injuries at about 9:20 a.m.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin, according to deputies.

During the investigation, deputies contacted Hickman and later arrested him as a suspect in the homicide. He was booked into the San Mateo County Jail in Martinez and is being held in lieu of $1,320,000 bail, sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies determined that the shooting occurred on Tullibee Court in Rodeo and working to establish a motive for the homicide.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600, via email at, or may leave an anonymous voice message at (866) 846-3592.

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