Best Western in Delano

Officers from Delano PD and TCSO deputies tracked a vehicle suspected of being involved in a drive-by shooting to this Best Western in Delano early Friday morning, where an officer involved shooting ensued, killing one suspect and injuring another.

PPD to lead investigation into incident

After the Tulare County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) became involved in a drive-by shooting case in Delano on Friday morning, an officer involved shooting commenced leaving one man dead and a woman in the hospital.

Around 4:19 p.m. Thursday afternoon, TCSO deputies received 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 and made threats. He was taken to the hospital by family members and treated and released.

At 10:55 p.m., deputies received another 911 call from the same house in Richgrove where the attack happened earlier, stating 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.

Around 12:30 a.m. Friday, the car that deputies believed was involved in the attack and drive-by shooting was tracked down to a Best Western in Delano. Through further investigation, deputies found the room where the suspects were hiding. They knocked on the door repeatedly, asking them to come out. At the same time, Delano police officers were on-scene helping deputies try to make contact with the suspects.

After several minutes of the deputies knocking, the male suspect jumped out of the back window. That's when shots were fired by a Delano police officer, hitting the suspect. He later died at the hospital.

TCSO Deputies inside the hotel continued knocking, asking the suspects to come out. As the gunfire was going on outside with the Delano PD officer and the male suspect, a woman swung the hotel door open while two TCSO deputies were inside the hallway. A shot was fired, hitting the woman in the hip. She was taken to a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Delano 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 suspect's name is not being released until family is notified. An autopsy is scheduled within the next couple of days.

PPD searching for missing man who frequents the Tule River

On Monday, May 27, family members of Martin Chavez reported him as missing. He was last seen by family on April 28. Further investigation revealed that Martin Chavez had been seen by employees of Helping Hands, located in the 100 block of East Olive Avenue, within the past week.

Martin Chavez is known to frequent the Tule River, in the area of Jaye Street and reportedly resides in the 100 block of North E Street. Although several of his associates have been contacted as a result of this investigation, his whereabouts or potential destinations are unknown.

Anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of Martin Chavez is urged to contact Detective Cody Martin at (559) 782-7400.

Large marijuana grow busted in Badger

Within the first week of June, detectives from the TCSO T.A.G.N.E.T. Majors Marijuana Investigation Team flew over the Badger area looking for illegal marijuana grows. During the flight, detectives saw several large marijuana grow sites at a home in the 49000 block of Whitaker Road in Badger.

On June 11 at 8 a.m., detectives conducted operations to eradicate the illegal marijuana grow sites. During the operation, several large outdoor marijuana grows were located. Detectives found and destroyed approximately 1,023 marijuana plants.

This case is currently under investigation by the Marijuana Investigation Team. Anyone with more information regarding illegal marijuana cultivation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218 or anonymously at or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

TCSO searching for shooters out of Earlimart

On June 9, at 12:42 a.m., TCSO deputies responded to a shooting incident involving occupants of two different vehicles. During this incident a traffic collision occurred and one of the vehicles was left on scene and the suspects fled on foot. The victim was self-transported to a local hospital and is recovering from a single gunshot wound. This incident appeared to be gang related.

All suspects involved in this shooting have not yet been positively identified and are currently outstanding.

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Homicide Investigations Unit. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit at (559) 802-9563 or (800) 808-0488. Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow email, text or voicemail at 559-725-4194, or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

Goshen man sentenced to life in prison for first- degree murder

On June 14, in Department 5 of the Tulare County Superior Court, Visalia Division, Judge Juliet Boccone sentenced Allen Horsley, age 26, to 50 years-to-life in prison for killing a man at a Goshen RV park. On February 11, a jury found Horsley guilty of premeditated first-degree murder with the special allegation of using a firearm, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Just before 1 a.m. on November 3, 2016, Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at the Wooden Shoe RV Park in Goshen where they found a male victim unresponsive from a gunshot wound to the head.

Through investigation, deputies learned that Horsley and the victim had been in an argument after returning from a nearby mini-mart with friends. Horsley produced a handgun and held it to the victim’s temple. After swatting it away, the victim began to leave, but Horsley again aimed at the victim’s head and fired a single shot. Horsley fled and was taken into custody later that afternoon.

Victoria Corbitt, age 18, assisted Horsley’s leaving the crime scene. She pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact and that the crime was committed while out on bail for check fraud. She was sentenced to 4 years and 8 months in state prison for both cases in March of 2017.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Candice Moore of the Major Crimes Division and investigated by Sergeant Daniel McBride of the Tulare County Sheriff’s


Man last seen in Porterville found

Billy Pippin, the missing Coarsegold man, has been found safe at a Merced hospital.

Pippin was last seen on June 9 in the Porterville area. He said he was heading to his house in Coarsegold at the time of his disappearance.

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