TCSO investigating homicide involving local dairy farmer

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The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a homicide Tuesday.

They said the man shot and killed was a local dairy farmer. He was identified as 56-year-old Anthony Dragt. He died near his home just north of Visalia. Detectives said he was shot several times and died on scene.

It happened around 2 p.m. in the area of Avenue 352 and Road 100.

Employees said Dragt owned the dairy farms in this area, where several of his them lived. They said it’s tragic news, and described him as a good boss.

“It’s shocking. It’s really, really shocking. I would have never expected that,” said one woman who did not want to be identified.

No arrests had been made and detectives were still searching for a motive.

“At this point our detectives are still trying to work out possible leads as to who the shooter is,” Sgt. Jesse Cox with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said.

56-year-old Anthony Dragt (Courtesy of Dragt Family)

Those who knew Dragt said he was a good boss and they don’t know who would want to hurt him.

“We had Chirstmases they do for the workers here and we had some time together. He seemed like a really nice person, family oriented,” said the woman.

“I believe this was a serious incident and to know this, it’s devastating,” said another employee.

Investigators were actively working to bring some answers. They asked anyone with information to reach out to them.

“I just hope they catch whoever did it and justice is made for him,” the woman said.

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