Residents in a quiet Vallejo neighborhood struggled with a wave of emotions Thursday following a fatal confrontation between best friends that left two dead and a suspect in custody after a police standoff.
Vallejo police received a report of shots fired and subjects down in a yard in the 300 block of Foulkstone Way in Vallejo's Glen Cove neighborhood at 6:09 p.m. early Wednesday evening
Upon arrival, officers found two victims with gunshot wounds.
Officers determined that the suspect was a neighbor to the two victims and was in a nearby residence, police said.
A Vallejo police hostage negotiator was able to make contact with the suspect, Martin Hohenegger, 65, of Vallejo.
About 45 minutes later, Hohenegger exited his house and surrendered to police officers without incident.
“It’s unbelievable he (Hohenegger) would do that to the closest person he was with on the block,” said neighbor Jamie Dowd with tears streaming down her face. “I don’t think I really ever saw them not together... We (a group of neighbors) were all here watching the Giants game on Friday. Martin, Doug, Mike, we were all here… Martin has threatened to shoot them before getting really angry about politics… The only time I ever saw Mike and Martin get into each other face was over politics.”
Dowd said even though she knew Hohenegger had guns and sometimes wore one in the waistband of his sweatpants, though she never thought he’d used them.
“(Hohenegger) is very opinionated and strong-willed, he's an ex-marine, but just the nicest guy,” Dowd said.
“Mike (one of the victim) just blew it off,” she said. “He says – ‘You’re not going to shoot me Martin, just shut up.’ I mean they were best friends. They spent every day together for 10 years.”
The shooting happened just minutes after the presidential debate began, so it is unclear if that's what sparked the argument.
Friends of the victims said they were both were beloved fathers and husbands and that they will be dearly missed.
The identity of the victims is being withheld pending notification of family members, police said. These two deaths mark the 12th and 13th homicide victims in Vallejo this year, according to police.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Mat Mustard at (707) 651-4514 or the Vallejo police at (800) 488-9383.
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