Two people were detained in Oakland after a loss prevention employee of the Pleasanton Home Depot store on Johnson Drive was shot and killed Tuesday, reportedly while attempting to stop a theft at the store.
Police were summoned to the location at approximately 2:15 p.m. after loss prevention employee Blake Mohs was reported down in the store, bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound. Witnesses told officers that Mohs had attempted to stop a woman from stealing an item at the store when she drew a pistol and fired, mortally wounding him. The woman ran to where a man waited at the wheel of a red Nissan Pathfinder, the pair last seen driving west on I-580 into Oakland.
Oakland police were informed after trailing agencies tracked the getaway car to a home in their city. Two suspects, identified by police as Benicia Knapps, 32, and David Guillory, 31, were taken into custody. Police said Knapps fired the fatal shot that killed Mohs and that the gun was eventually recovered.
Knapps’ two-year-old child was also in the car at the time of the murder and resultant pursuit, according to police.
Guillory is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail with his bail set at $255,000. Both suspects have been arrested on suspicion of murder, robbery, child endangerment and conspiracy.
Grieving friends and associates of Mohs said the Tri-Valley resident was active in community youth programs and was planning to be married in the summer. He is survived by his parents, brother and fiancee.