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Man on Massachusetts’ most wanted list arrested at suburban Sacramento home

A 2015 photograph of Daniel Christian.
A 2015 photograph of Daniel Christian. Massachusetts State Police

A man who evaded Massachusetts police for months in connection with a daytime shooting in the state last July was arrested at an Arden Arcade home last week. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said he was hiding out with a friend.

Daniel Christian, 31 was scheduled to attend a hearing in front of a Sacramento Superior Court judge Tuesday afternoon and awaits extradition to Massachusetts, Sacramento Main Jail inmate logs show.

Christian was named by the Massachusetts State Police in their most wanted list after the July 18 shooting. Police say he allegedly followed two people in the small town of Gardner before he cut the pair off with his car, got out and started firing multiple rounds at them in broad daylight.

The two targets in the shooting were not hit by the gunfire, the Massachusetts agency said. Christian then fled, avoiding police for several months.

Information about Christian on the State Police’s most wanted posting described him as a potentially armed and dangerous fugitive with a violent criminal history. That included convictions for home invasion, armed robbery using a handgun and separate convictions of assault and battery with a deadly weapon using a handgun and a knife.

Investigators with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau received word that Christian might be in California after Massachusetts officers overseeing the case contacted them, said Sgt. Shaun Hampton, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department.

“They go and find all of our wanted fugitives,” Hampton said. “If a law enforcement agency believes that there is a fugitive in our region, they will ask (the Major Crimes Bureau) for assistance.”

Christian was taken into custody Friday afternoon after deputies tracked him down to a home on the 1200 block of Wayland Avenue, off Hurley Way. He was arrested without incident and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail, where he awaits extradition to Massachusetts, Hampton said.

“I think he was kind of overwhelmed by the man power,” Hampton said of the arrest. “He didn’t have anywhere to go.”

The Main Jail inmate logs show Christian also has an outstanding felony warrant from the Worcester Police Department, about 40 minutes south of Gardner, where the shooting took place. Worcester Police did not return a request for information about the outstanding warrant by Tuesday afternoon.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets