Two men arrested in fatal South Lake Tahoe shooting
South Lake Tahoe police have arrested two men in the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old Amador County man in South Lake Tahoe last month.
On Tuesday night, Feb. 16, Police arrested 18-year-old Tristan Batten in Vallejo, California, for allegedly participating in the shooting of Dennis Wright Jr. at the Beverly Lodge on Jan. 30. On Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, police arrested 20-year-old Harvest Davidson in Sacramento, California, for allegedly participating in the shooting. Both men have been charged with one count of murder and taken into custody on no-bail warrants, according to a press release from the city. Police also seized a vehicle in the Bay Area as evidence in the case, according to the release.
Neither of the men are believed to be the suspects depicted in composite sketches released to the public earlier this month. Police continue to investigate the case and additional arrests are expected.
“We request our public’s patience in this,” according to the release. “Nevertheless we want our public to know that arrests are being made, and that this case is taking our investigators to a number of areas removed from South Lake Tahoe. These arrests, and the expectation of more arrests, demonstrate that significant progress is being made. Our public should know the murder weapon has not yet been recovered. Additional suspects in this case are considered armed and dangerous.
“Based upon the release of composite sketches and the original information related to the murder at the Beverly Lodge, SLTPD has received several valuable tips from our community which are helping to move this investigation forward. Additionally, we have been supported tremendously by the El Dorado County DA’s Office, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Vallejo PD, and other assisting agencies which must currently remain unidentified for the sake of investigative confidentiality. This case has demanded a level of investigative resources and flexibility far beyond the ability of SLTPD to manage alone. The staffing of personnel and availing of many investigative resources by our allied agencies have been invaluable to our PD and our South Lake Tahoe community. Further public information will be released as appropriate as this case develops.”
Police believe Wright traveled with his girlfriend to South Lake Tahoe to sell 100 pounds of marijuana. They believe Wright was shot after the drug deal went awry.
Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call 530-542-6100 or, if anonymity is desired, Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at 530-541-6800.