Homicide in Visalia leads to officer-involved shooting, chase and fatal crash; suspect identified


A homicide in Visalia early Monday morning led to a series of events in the south Valley with an officer-involved shooting and a high-speed chase ending in a fatal crash.

It all started with a call of shots fired at an Arco/ampm. California Highway Patrol said it was located in the 600 block of south Lovers Lane.

Officers arrived and found a homicide had taken place.

Later on, there was a shooting at a residence in Visalia.

Law enforcement believed the shootings were done by the same suspect.

A vehicle was spotted with a driver who authorities believed was the suspect, and a pursuit began. It ended at an orchard near Road 140 and 256.

He was later identified as Gustavo Garcia, 36, the man wanted in the shooting of a farmworker and robbing a convenience store in Exeter on Sunday.

At the orchard, an officer-involved shooting took place, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

While fleeing in the orchard, Garcia carjacked a vehicle and drove away. Authorities said that victim was not injured.

Another pursuit began and went onto southbound Highway 65 going toward Porterville.

Near Linda Vista Avenue, the chase came to an end when the suspect crashed into another vehicle which led to at least five vehicles crashing.

Garcia was killed in the crash, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said.

There are several law enforcement agencies working this case, and we are working to piece it all together.

This is a developing story, and it will be updated.

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