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Squaw Valley Man Allegedly Killed by Lifelong Friend
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By Anthony W. Haddad
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June 14, 2024

Burton Jones, 49, of Squaw Valley was fatally shot by his longtime friend Jerry Beggs, 56, (pictured above) who has been arrested and is awaiting charges. (Fresno County Sheriff's Office)

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Jerry Beggs, 56, of Squaw Valley is suspected of shooting and killing a lifelong friend, Burton Jones, 49, also of Squaw Valley, on Wednesday.

Beggs has been arrested in connection with the incident and is being held at Fresno County Jail, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Charges against Beggs are pending a review by the District Attorney’s Office.

The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday when sheriff’s dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a shooting in the 38000 block of Squaw Valley Road. Deputies arrived at the scene to find Jones lying outdoors with a gunshot wound.

Despite deputies’ efforts to administer medical aid, Jones succumbed to his injuries.

Upon investigation, deputies identified Beggs, the property owner, as the shooter. He was taken into custody at the scene.

Homicide detectives and members of the Crime Scene Unit conducted interviews and gathered evidence. Preliminary findings indicate that Beggs and Jones had an altercation before the shooting.

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The investigation is ongoing as detectives seek to uncover more details about the events leading up to the fatal shooting.

Authorities are urging anyone with additional information to contact detective Aurelio Flores at (559) 600-8208, detective Juan Galindo at (559) 600-8215, or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867. Anonymous tips can also be submitted at www.valleycrimestoppers.org, and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Anthony W. Haddad,
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Anthony W. Haddad, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with his undergraduate degree and has an MBA at Fresno State, is the Swiss Army knife of GV Wire. He writes stories, manages social media, and represents the organization on the ground.

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