A 64-year-old man was found shot to death on Friday in the driver’s seat of a U-Haul truck parked at a Moorpark, Calif., self-storage facility. Investigators indicated the victim died from at least one gunshot wound. The Ventura County, Calif., Sheriff’s Department received the initial shots-fired call about 2:20 p.m., and authorities arrested Ellsworth Cadle, 67, on suspicion of first-degree murder at 11:15 p.m.
The truck was found parked toward the rear of the Public Storage property at 875 Los Angeles Ave. The unidentified victim appears to have been shot while inside the truck, Capt. Eric Hatlee, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told a source.
Police tracked Cadle’s vehicle and took him into custody without incident after a “high-risk” traffic stop, according to a source. Investigators believe Cadle had a personal relationship with the victim and the shooting occurred after an argument.
Prior to Cadle’s arrest, a SWAT team and other authorities descended on the Waterstone at Moorpark apartment complex east of the storage facility while awaiting a search warrant. It’s unclear whether Cadle or the victim lived at the complex, but the property was associated with the investigation, Hatlee said. Authorities locked it down until after 10:30 p.m., a source reported.
A firearm was recovered during the investigation. Cadle is being held in Ventura County jail, with bail set at $3 million. The incident was the first homicide in the county this year.
Based in Glendale, Calif., Public Storage has interests in 2,468 self-storage facilities in 38 states, with approximately 167 million net rentable square feet. It holds a 35 percent interest in Shurgard Self Storage SA, which has 231 facilities in seven European countries, with approximately 13 million net rentable square feet.
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