Gang Member Mistakenly Kills One of His Own Who Was Wearing Wrong Colors: Madera Police

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A Central California man was arrested this week after allegedly mistaking a fellow gang member for a rival and shooting him to death because he was wearing the wrong colors, police said.

Andrew Chavez is seen in a booking photo released by the Madera County Sheriff's Office.

Andrew Chavez is seen in a booking photo released by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

Andrew Chavez, 21, was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of murder, days after detectives began investigating the slaying in Madera. He is also suspected of committing a criminal offense to promote a street gang, according to Madera County Sheriff’s Department jail records.

According to the Madera Police Department, Chavez shot and killed Michael Sanchez, whose age was not available, on Sunday. Both men were both Norteno gang members, police said.

Sanchez was wearing the colors of a rival gang and walking home from a bar near Gateway Drive and 11th Street, where he was fatally struck by gunfire, police said.

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