Suspect named in shooting victim’s death after a nearly year-long investigation


An arrest has been made in a nearly year-long investigation after a shooting victim was found dead in a car in Tulare County last March.

It happened in the 700 block of South Oak Street in Earlimart. Detectives say 28-year-old Rogelio Gerardo Lopez was found dead inside a car with a single gunshot wound to his torso.

On Wednesday, 30-year-old Jose Luis Garcia Hernandez of Pixley has been named the suspect in Lopez’s death, the sheriff’s office announced.

He was booked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Adult Pre-Trial Facility on suspicion of murder. 

This case remains ongoing, and anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Det. Gregory Burns or Sgt. Gary Marks with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit at 559-733-6218. Or remain anonymous by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or through email at

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