Crime

Atascadero man fatally shot; Paso Robles man arrested on suspicion of murder

Thomas Nolan Yanaga, 52, of Paso Robles was arrested Saturday, March 14, 2015, on suspicion of murder. Original story »
Thomas Nolan Yanaga, 52, of Paso Robles was arrested Saturday, March 14, 2015, on suspicion of murder. Original story »

An Atascadero man was fatally shot outside a Paso Robles house shortly after midnight Saturday and the suspect is in jail on suspicion of murder.

Sheriff’s deputies found Marshall Chandler Savoy, 32, dead in the driveway when they arrived to investigate reports of shots being fired at a house on the 400 block of Gahan Place at about 12:10 a.m. A man and woman and their teenage son were inside the house at the time, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said.

Deputies arrested Thomas Nolan Yanaga, 52, and booked him into County Jail on one count of murder. Authorities would not confirm that Yanaga lived at the home where Savoy was found, but county records list him as living at 425 Gahan Place with his wife, Joyce.

Investigators were not releasing any information Saturday on what might have led to the shooting.

Savoy grew up in Atascadero and had two young daughters, according to his Facebook account and the recollections of two former employers. Savoy’s online resume said he attended Cuesta College and had worked in construction for various companies since 2001.

“This was a shock to me when I heard it,” said Steve Duncan, who owns a construction company in Atascadero and hired Savoy for several years. “He was a nice guy, hardworking."

John Daniels, co-owner of Daniels Wood Land Co. in Paso Robles said Savoy worked for him for several months in 2011 and 2012 and proved himself to be a fast, skilled framer.

He also had a temper and was quick to fight, Daniels said. “That was one of the reasons we had to let him go,” he said.

Yanaga was being held without bail in County Jail on Saturday.

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