Another non-violent/non-serious parolee; arrested in near fatal shooting

Posted on January 29, 2009. Filed under: Crime, Parole |

Lodi police search for clues, motive in parolee shooting

Crime/911 –

January 28, 2009

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Suspect name: Stephen Charles Schleimer 

Commitment Offense: Felony Evading (Car chase) – considered non-violent/non-serious crime in California
Age: 33



LODI – Joshua Hattam took as many as two bullets to the head, but he was still lucid enough to name a suspect.

Roughly three hours later, Lodi police nabbed the alleged gunman as he drove around south Lodi in a shiny black Ford Expedition.

Police on Tuesday booked Stephen Charles Schleimer, 33, into the Lodi City Jail without bail on suspicion of attempted murder.

Hattam was alive late Tuesday but listed in serious condition at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento.

Investigators believe Schleimer broke into Hattam’s East Tokay Street home in the early morning and shot the 36-year-old multiple times – once in the left arm and twice in the head – before fleeing.

Beyond that, police say they aren’t sure what led up to the gunfire. Both Lodi men were parolees, authorities said, and they knew each other.

The incident is still under investigation, said Officer Dale Eubanks, a department spokesman.

About 7 a.m., two people walking in the 200 block of East Tokay Street called 911 after they saw Hattam standing in the road and bleeding from his head.

When police arrived, Hattam told them Schleimer burst into his house and started shooting at him, but he could not explain why, Eubanks said.

Officers spotted Schleimer driving a sport utility vehicle and arrested him without incident just after 10 a.m. in the 200 block of Mulberry Circle.

Schleimer was on parole for leading police on a car chase in 2007, Lodi police Detective Eric Bradley said. Hattam was on parole for a previous drug arrest, Eubanks said.

Investigators Tuesday still were searching for the gun used in the shooting, believed to be a small-caliber weapon.

Contact reporter Daniel Thigpen at (209) 546-8254 or Visit his blog at


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