Suspects Arrested For Killing Fairfield Politician

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Fairfield police arrested two suspects Saturday in the fatal shooting of one of California's youngest elected officials.

Gene Allen Combs, 45, of Suisun City and Nicole Stewart, 33, of Fairfield were arrested early Saturday on suspicion of killing of 22-year-old Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia, said Police Chief Kenton Rainey at a news conference.

Combs and Stewart were booked at Solano County Jail on suspicion
of murder, conspiracy and use of a firearm, Rainey said. The suspects were scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Police were still searching for a third suspect, 32-year-old convicted felon Henry Don Williams, on suspicion of murder, the police chief said.

Rainey declined to discuss a motive for the slaying, the role of each suspect or whether Garcia knew the suspects.

The councilman was shot in the head the night of Sept. 1 as he stepped out of his car outside a friend's home in the Cordelia section of Fairfield.

Garcia was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he died four days later after he was taken off life support.

Garcia was only 21 when he was elected to a four-year term in November, becoming the youngest city councilmember in the history
of Fairfield, a city of 105,000 between San Francisco and Sacramento.

Authorities had offered $150,000 for information leading to arrests and convictions in the case.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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