Deputies on the hunt for gunman from April shooting

Sheriff’s department announced they are looking for Andrew Rodriguez in connection with a shooting south of Tipton

TIPTON – The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help finding an alleged gunman from a murder earlier this month.

According to the Sheriff’s department, at approximately 9:45 p.m. on April 11, deputies were called to a shooting on Avenue 120, west of Highway 99, south of Tipton. When deputies arrived, they found a man who had been shot multiple times. He was flown to a local trauma center for treatment.

Last Friday, April 23 the Sheriff’s department stated that during the course of their investigation, homicide detectives identified 19-year-old Andrew Rodriguez of Pixley as the shooter. They added that Rodriguez is believed to have fled the area after the shooting. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office is working with Federal Authorities to assist with the capture of Rodriguez. Anyone with information regarding this case, or the whereabouts of Rodriguez, is encouraged to contact Detective Jose Melendez or Sergeant Bryan Clower with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office homicide unit at 559-733-6218, or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or through email at [email protected].

Sheriff’s Log

Saturday, April 24
At approximately 8:30 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies were called to a property in the 8700 block of Road 264 in Terra Bella for a report of a theft in progress. Deputies arrived at the property within minutes and found two men who had loaded up car parts in their truck and were attempting to steal a car. Ryan Thorn, 34, of Porterville and Steven Earley, 30, of Terra Bella, were taken into custody without incident. Deputies found that the men had over $6,500 of car parts and miscellaneous items loaded up in their truck. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218 or anonymously at [email protected] or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

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