Detectives are investigating the death of Joga Shergill, 54, of Turlock, found in a dirt lot Thursday morning.
The Turlock Police Department received a call reporting a shooting in the area of Lander and W. Glenwood avenues around 4:45 a.m. Thursday.
Detectives were investigating the area where the body was located, which is a dirt lot used as a parking area for big rigs.
Shergill had an extensive criminal history dating back to 2000, according to the Stanislaus County Superior Court records. He had convictions for charges of burglary, possession of stolen property and being a felon in possession of a firearm, among others. In 2013, Shergill and Donald Rush were both arrested on burglary and forgery charges after they were caught trying to pass fraudulent checks at a Ceres liquor store. The two men were also found in possession of numerous fake identifications, bank cards and Social Security numbers belonging to others. Shergill and Rush both entered no contest pleas to the charges of burglary and the forgery charges were dismissed. Both were given probation, according to the court records.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Brandon Bertram 209-664-7323.