Fairfield police release name of suspected killer

By From page A1 | April 27, 2014

Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson is shown in a photo provided by Fairfield police. (Daily Republic/Fairfield Police Department)

FAIRFIELD — Police early Saturday released the names of two men arrested Friday night in connection with a fatal shooting last weekend.

One is a suspected killer and the other, a suspected accessory to the crime.

Jason Thompson, 21, of Fairfield, was jailed on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with the April 19 shooting death of Gustavo Banda, 27, of Fairfield, and the wounding of a 15-year-old boy who was also shot, police said.

Banda and the teen made their way to NorthBay Medical Center after the shooting that occurred just north of Travis Boulevard in the vicinity of Union Avenue and Travion Court. The teen was shot in the shoulder and was treated and released. Banda was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Fairfield police received a call of shots fired shortly after 10:30 p.m. Police were notified about 15 minutes later that Banda and the teen had arrived at the nearby hospital.

Thompson was also held on several outstanding warrants, police said. Also arrested Friday was Malik Howse, 20, of Fairfield, on suspicion of being an accessory to a crime and for alleged possession of a stolen firearm.

The men were arrested at a home on the 300 block of Vel Place. Police said two firearms were recovered during a search of the home.

Their capture and subsequent search of the home brought to a close a daylong search for Thompson by police.

Banda’s death last weekend was the fifth homicide of the year in the Fairfield-Suisun area and the third in an eight-day period.

Anyone with information about the shooting that left Banda dead and the teenager injured is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department Special Operations Team at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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  • Tax PayerApril 27, 2014 - 5:57 am

    Yep, I cannot wait to hear their teary stories on how the system caused them to be this way. Let them all burn in hell.

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  • YoshidaApril 27, 2014 - 6:44 am

    Good job FFPD...even with an overworked police force, constant public criticism, minimal public support, and uncooperative witnesses, you have two in custody.

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  • Peace DoctorApril 27, 2014 - 7:28 pm

    FFPD are typical worthless pieces of crap!

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  • 2realApril 27, 2014 - 8:25 am

    Ya even if its not the right two!! We have two in custody! ???? Too much credit, too little time

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  • ricoMay 27, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    R.I.P YOUNG18 TheLowS1600 watch over me till we meet again bro!

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