Merced County pregnant woman shot and killed, this is what police say

A pregnant woman from Gustine was shot in Turlock and died at the hospital, the Turlock Police Department said in a press release.

Officers responded to the 500 block of Twentieth Century Boulevard Tuesday morning at approximately 1:03 a.m., for reports of an aggravated assault in progress.

When Officers arrived, they located a female inside a vehicle who had been struck by gunfire.

Police say 27-year-old, Amythest Rochelle Cortez, resident of Gustine, was shot and transported to a local hospital.

Amythest and her unborn child died at the hospital later in the afternoon, police said.

The Turlock Police Department notified the family of Amythest and sent their condolences.

Turlock Police Department Detectives are investigating this tragic incident and are actively working on leads discovered in the investigation.

Due to this being and active investigation, no additional information will be provided at this time.

Turlock Police Detectives ask that anyone with information, to call Detective Brandon Bertram at (209) 664-7323. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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