A Visalia man went on a crime spree rampage which started in Tulare County on Sunday and ended Monday morning.
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Bourdreaux said Gustavo Garcia, 36, went on a reign of terror across the county, killing one man and opening fire on deputies during a pursuit.
Investigators said it started at 2:30 a.m. on Monday, police responding to shots fired at AM-PM on Lovers Lane in Visalia.
Police arrived and found Rocky Paul Jones, who was suffering from a gun shot wound outside the store.
Jones later died at the hospital.
Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies spotted Garcia driving in a silver Honda Pilot that is when a high-speed chase took off.
Garcia ditched the SUV and began to exchange gun fire with deputies and later carjacked a farm workers truck.
“Mr. Garcia was traveling at high rate of speed of excess 100 mph at a location somewhere near the community of Strathmore. He crossed over from the southbound lanes into the northbound lanes at which he continued southbound in those lanes. Northbound traffic was coming and information indicates he was attempting to strike vehicles as they were traveling northbound,” California Highway Patrol Lieutenant Scott Gardner said.
Tulare County Sheriff investigators said they believe Garcia committed 6 to 12 crimes around the county and there could be more.
‘We have officers that could have been seriously injured or killed. We also have the citizens of Tulare County that were put in harms way. An we’re very thankful that people walked away from a man who really had no regard for human life,” Tulare County Sheriff Mike Bourdreaux said.
Investigators believe Garcia was involved in an armed robbery in Exeter and a shooting in Tulare County.