(UPDATED 4/7) POMONA, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a man arrested following a wild chase through Southern California is a person of interest in a deadly Oildale shooting.
Michael Caleb Reed, who was recently featured on Golden Empire Most Wanted for a separate incident, was arrested after crashing into a semi-truck at an intersection in Pomona Tuesday night, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles.
The California Highway Patrol had told NBC affiliate KNBC that Reed was a murder suspect during the pursuit. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said it would release more information about the chase. KCSO describes Reed as a “subject of interest” for the death of 40-year-old Michael Lewis in March, meaning detectives want to speak with him about the case, however there are currently no plans to bring him to Kern County following his arrest.
Lewis’ friends and family had taken to social media to accuse Reed in the slaying, where Lewis was shot at a home on Harrison Drive on March 28.
The US Marshals had profiled Reed earlier this month during an installment of Golden Empire Most Wanted and had confirmed to 17 News that he had been arrested in Pomona after the crash. Days before his arrest, Reed commented on the Facebook post about the story to deny the murder accusations before the Kern County Sheriff’s Office had publicly identified him as a person of interest.
Lewis’ family started a GoFundMe page asking for donations to help with his funeral costs, which can be found at this link.
Reed has a lengthy criminal history and has had past arrests for rape, burglary, possession of a firearm, and DUI. Last year Reed was arrested following a pursuit in Northern California where a Eureka police officer crashed a patrol car and was injured.