DELANO, California – One suspect was killed and another was wounded Friday after law enforcement opened fired while searching for drive-by shooting suspects, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said.
Just before 4:20 p.m. Thursday afternoon, deputies got a 911 call from a man who said his son has been attacked in front of their home on Hernandez Street in Richgrove. The 18-year-old victim told deputies that two men and a woman came to his house and attacked him, making threats. He was taken to the hospital by family members and treated and released.
At 10:55 p.m., deputies received a 911 call from the same house in Richgrove where the attack happened, saying someone shot up the house and a bullet had gone through the window. A second person called 911 and said that the drive-by shooting and the attack that occurred earlier at the same house were related.
Through an investigation, deputies learned the suspects were at a Best Western Motel around 2 a.m., the sheriff’s office said. Delano Police officers responded to help the deputies contact the suspects inside a hotel room. Deputies knocked on the door repeatedly, commanding the suspects come out.
After several minutes of knocking, the male suspect was seen leaving a back window, and a Delano Police officer fired at him. He died from his injuries, the sheriff’s office said.
The female suspect allegedly opened the door during the gunfire, and a deputy struck her in the hip. She is expected to be OK.
At the request of Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux, the Porterville Police Department will handle the officer-involved shooting investigation.
“The Delano Police Officer involved is a 10-year veteran of the Department. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Deputy is a two-year veteran of the Department. Per department policy, he has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation by the Porterville Police Department,” the sheriff’s office says.