Stockton fire captain dies after being shot while battling fire, police say

STOCKTON, Calif. — Authorities say a Stockton fire captain died after being shot while battling a fire on Monday morning.

Stockton police say fire crews responded to a dumpster fire near Aurora and Washington Streets around 4:45 am.

The fire was spreading to a nearby building. Officials say shots were fired as crews worked to stop the flames, and 47-year-old Stockton Fire Captain Max Fortuna was hit.

Fortuna was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The Stockton fire chief said Fortuna was a veteran of the department who left behind a wife and two children.

Officers detained a 67-year-old man at the scene. A firearm was also recovered in the area.

Homicide detectives are now working to determine what led up to the shooting.

Editor’s Note: The spelling of the fire captain’s name is preliminary and subject to change.

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