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Friday, May 16, 2014

CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Accused of Murder Caught

Former Fire Chief Accused Of Murder Was Hiding In Plain Sight, Arrested Without Incident

“He did indicate he’d been basically living under a bush,”
Murder Suspect Orville Fleming Hiding In Bushes For 16 Days Near Where Truck Was Found

- Sac Co Sheriff says a detective spotted suspect getting on a bus. Says he admitted culpability in the stabbing of victim.

Orville “Mo” Fleming has been found alive and is currently in sheriff’s custody. he was found at a bus stop in Elk Grove, not far from where he abandoned his CAL FIRE truck. Sources also say that it looks likely that he had been hiding out in the area since the murder.

Fleming, 55, had been on the run since May 1. Authorities accuse Fleming of brutally murdering his 26-year-old girlfriend Sarah Jane Douglas at a home the two shared in Elk Grove. Douglas was found brutally murdered and left face down on the floor, her family told CBS13.

Shortly after the bloody crime scene was discovered, Fleming’s state issued 
CAL FIRE truck was found unoccupied at an Elk Grove neighborhood residents said he frequented.
After Fleming disappeared, he was fired from the agency for missing five consecutive days of work.

Fleming was a Madera city firefighter for three years before joining the state as a fire engineer when the city contracted with CAL FIRE  to provide fire protection in 1993. He was promoted to fire captain in 2001 and to battalion chief in 2012, his most recent post being at the Cal Fire training facility outside of Ione.
CAL FIRE  spokesman Daniel Berlant had this to say Friday about Fleming’s arrest: “We are pleased that this search is over and the Sheriff’s Office has apprehended Mr. Fleming. We will continue to support the Sheriff and the District Attorney in any way we can as the judicial process continues.”
CAL FIRE  personnel throughout California were put on alert for Fleming, who was said to have the keys to the agency’s facilities across the state.

Source: CBS Local 13

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