Gunfire exchanged after truck owner locates two stolen big rigs in Fresno county, deputies say


UPDATE: The article has been updated to reflect new information provided by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) —  Gunfire was exchanged between a truck yard owner and two men Wednesday morning, according to officials from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say they responded to the area of Garfield and Olive avenues just before 10:00 a.m. after the owner of the truck yard was pinged on GPS notifying that one of his missing big rigs was at this location.

According to deputies, before the shooting, the owner discovered that two of his big rigs were missing from his truck yard in Malaga. One of them was later recovered at American and Peach avenues after the owner tracked it through GPS and found it abandoned.

Deputies say when the property owner arrived at the second location, he noticed two men standing next to a U-Haul truck, and as he approached the men, one of them fired multiple gunshots toward him.

The property owner had a gun of his own and he fired several rounds back at the suspects, according to deputies.

The suspects then got inside the U-haul truck and drove off.

The property owner was not struck with any bullets, however, at this time it is unknown if the suspects were hit, according to deputies.

Shortly after, deputies received reports of a diesel fuel tank on the road near McKinley and Chateau Fresno avenues in west Fresno. Deputies say the tank did not belong to the truck owner but was possibly used by the suspects to fill with stolen fuel.

The suspects were last seen driving toward Kerman.

Deputies say that was when he was alerted to the U-haul trucks in west Fresno where the shooting occurred.

Authorities are still searching for the suspects as they investigate.

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