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Attorney was murder victim in Taco Bell parking lot

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POSTED May 5, 2017 1:24 a.m.

A Modesto attorney has been identified as the murder victim in the Tuesday night shooting in the Manteca Taco Bell parking lot at Airport Way and the 120 Bypass.
Manteca Police said Stephen Austin Cain, 60, was struck multiple times by alleged gunman Angel Israel Miranda by firing through the window of his car, shattering the glass. The 19-year-old suspect was arrested minutes later by Ripon Police. Miranda is a Manteca resident.
Diners ran from the restaurant to give Cain aid after they witnessed the shooter run toward the 120 Bypass after the 9:45 pm. shooting.
Cain is described as a personal injury attorney who handled vehicle accident cases at his Modesto practice.  He is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga where he received his bachelor’s degree followed by law school at Pepperdine University in Malibu.  His law office is in the 500 block of 13th Street in Modesto.
Miranda was kept at the Manteca jail initially to give detectives the opportunity to have multiple interviews with him. He was eventually been taken to the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp after he was taken to Doctors Hospital emergency room for an unknown problem.   Miranda has been charged with eight felonies including murder, carrying a firearm after a prior felony conviction, carjacking and receiving known stolen property.
He also is accused of terrorizing a 26-year-old woman when he took her car at gunpoint as she stopped on a westbound 120 Bypass off ramp. Miranda allegedly pointed his gun at her through her open passenger side window.
Ripon officers had initiated a slow pursuit after noting his license registration was out of date and he refused to pull over for them on South Jack Tone Road shortly after the murder.   
Miranda made a left turn onto Harvest Drive and a right onto Blossom Drive, turning into Kiwi Court and parking the car.  When the officer told him why he had stopped him, Miranda started to run from the officer and was tackled and taken to the ground some 150 feet down the street – reportedly mentioning he had been involved in a shooting in Manteca.
A weapon was located in the vehicle, police noted.
He has been ordered to appear at the Stockton Courthouse of the San Joaquin County Superior Court, today at 1:30 p.m.  He is being held at the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp without bail.

To contact Glenn Kahl, email gkahl@mantecabulletin.com.

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