This story has been updated to include the name of the victim.
PETALUMA, Calif. (KRON) — Police are searching for information related to a homicide that occurred in Downtown Petaluma early Sunday morning, according to a press release from the Petaluma Police Department.
The name of the victim was announced by the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office on Monday: he was 23-year-old Adolfo Martinez Peña, of Novato.
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Just before 2 a.m. on Sunday morning the PPD received a call from someone who claimed his friend had been assaulted with a baseball bat in Downtown Petaluma. When an officer arrived they found a man in the road who appeared to have been assaulted.
The officer worked with Petaluma Fire Department paramedics to provide medical assistance, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. The cause of death is still under investigation by police. PPD detectives also responded to the scene, began interviewing the witness, and searched for surveillance video from area businesses. Detectives believe the suspect may have fled the scene in a vehicle.
On Monday morning police identified the victim as Adolfo Martinez Peña, 23, of Novato. Peña’s family has started a GoFundMe to support his parents with the costs of his funeral.
PPD reports that this is the first homicide of 2022 in Petaluma. The last homicide that occurred in Downtown Petaluma happened in 2017. If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact PPD Detective Corie Joerger 707-778-4372