Local Man Confesses to Wife’s Murder

An Alameda man is in custody after confessing to Alameda police officers that he murdered his wife.

Jerry Canfield entered APD offices at 1555 Oak St. on Sunday, Oct. 26, and told the front desk clerks that he wanted to confess to the murder of his spouse. The admission came just after 6 p.m.

"He said that he killed his wife with a single gunshot," said APD Sgt. Rick Bradley, who would not reveal the type of firearm that was used. Bradley said Canfield, 72, shot his wife because she suffered from numerous ailments.

The sergeant would not confirm if the suspect was asked by the victim to shoot her, as that is still part of APD’s ongoing investigation. Bradley also did not release the name of the victim or what ailments she suffered from.

Officers rushed over to the Canfield home immediately after the confession. Coroners were called to the scene after the body was discovered.

Canfield was arrested at the police station soon after. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and booked at 3:23 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, and charged with one count of murder. His arraignment took place Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse. He is being held without bail.