A veteran firefighter who was shot while starting a central California blaze early Monday morning has died, authorities said.
Police said the shooting took place as firefighters responded at about 4:45 a.m. to a rubbish container fire that engulfed a building in the central valley city of Stockton.
Fire Chief Rick Edwards said at a news conference that Fire Captain Max Fortuna was taken to hospital, where he died.
Edwards said Fortuna, 47, has been a firefighter for more than two decades, with a wife and two adult children surviving him.
Interim Police Chief Jim Chraska said a 67-year-old man was arrested at the scene and officers recovered a firearm.
He said homicide investigators are working to determine the cause of the shooting.