Three days after asking for the public’s help in locating a homicide suspect, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Michael Brandon “Gage” Kent on Thursday afternoon.
Law enforcement personnel in Camden County, Missouri, arrested Kent, 40, of Fresno in connection with the July 19 shooting death of James Buford near Piedra and Elwood roads near the Kings River.
Buford, 69, was a camp host at Winton Park, which is near the crime scene.
The sheriff’s office says the extradition process is underway to have Kent transported to Fresno County to face a murder charge.
“During the week, our office received information of Kent possibly being in Missouri,” said sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti. “Our detectives coordinated with U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force to try and locate Kent. On Thursday, they found him in the city of Camdenton, Missouri.”
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact detective Rudy Tafoya at (559) 600-8207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tipsters may also call Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.