Arrest made in Tulare softball player homicide, police say


TULARE, California (KSEE/KGPE) – An arrest was made in the shooting death of a Tulare softball player, the Tulare Police Department said Wednesday.

On Saturday night, Jesus Marquez, 28, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Prosperity Sports Complex around 11:35 p.m. following a championship softball game.

He’d suffered several gunshot wounds, police said.

During the investigation, police identified Christopher Gonzalez, 26, of McFarland, as the shooter.

Police say the two have had gotten into a verbal confrontation at a previous softball game.

On Tuesday night, investigators — along with a SWAT team — surrounded several areas in an attempt to locate Gonzalez. He was eventually tracked to a residence in Shafter.

He surrendered without incident.

He was transported to the Tulare Police Department for booking.

No other information was immediately available.

Anyone with information should call Detective Matt Muller at 559-685-2300 ext. 2157 or Detective Art Cabello at 559-685-2300 ext. 2155.

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