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November 25, 2019

Update Homicide Investigation in South Sacramento

Sacramento Sheriff’s Homicide detectives made three (3) arrests related to a shooting that killed 29-year-old Clifton Keene and paralyzed a 47-year-old female.

Detectives arrested 18-year-old Joe Martinez (see attached photo) and 20-year-old Edward Sabala (see attached photo) for murder. Detectives also arrested 21-year-old Moises Ramirez for accessory.

Detectives believe this homicide was gang related; although, they do not believe the victims were the intended target(s). No further information is available at this time.


At approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the Sheriff’s Communications Center received numerous calls of shots fired in the 3900 block of 42nd Avenue in South Sacramento. Additionally, the Communications Center received several activations from ShotSpotter, reporting multiple rounds fired in the same general location.

The original press release can be found here:

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

Sergeant Tess Deterding

Sheriff’s Spokesperson

Click for full size photo Joe Martinez, 18
Click for full size photo Edward Sabala, 20
Click for full size photo Moises Ramirez, 21

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