Detectives shoot suspect from Woodville killing

Sheriff’s deputies engage in shootout with Ruben Sanchez who’s connected to a killing in Woodville

TULARE COUNTY – After a weekend search for an armed suspect, Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were tipped off and told to look at the Woodville Cemetery on Monday.

According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Ruben Sanchez, 31, who is connected to a killing in Woodville was seen in the cemetery on Aug. 2. When detectives arrived an officer involved shooting ensued where Sanchez was shot and later airlifted to an area hospital for treatment.

Detectives had been searching for Sanchez since Saturday when he allegedly shot and killed a woman in Woodville.

According to the Sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a disturbance at around 8:20 p.m. on July 31 with a report of shots fired at a home near Avenue 168 and Road 166 in Woodville. When they arrived, deputies found a woman who had been shot. She was later pronounced dead. Homicide detectives were called to the scene and took over the investigation.

Throughout the investigation, detectives found that Sanchez shot the victim after a verbal argument. Sanchez left the area when deputies were called.

Sheriff’s Log

Saturday, July 31
Around 6:30 p.m., deputies were called to a suspicious car in the area of Road 76 and Avenue 432 in Dinuba. When deputies arrived, they found an adult male deceased in the car. Homicide detectives were called and are on scene assuming the investigation. This is still an active investigation, anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office via telephone at 559-733-6218 or anonymously at [email protected] or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

Wednesday, July 28
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office homicide unit is asking for the public’s assistance in helping to identifying a body found in the area of Avenue 24 and Road 156, in Earlimart on July 22, 2021. The body is believed to be of a man approximately 18 to 30 years old and appears to have been at this location for more than 30 days. Although its unknown if foul play is involved, the case is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy was scheduled for last week to determine an official cause of death. Anyone with information on this case, is encouraged to contact sergeant Bryan Clower and/or detective Jose Melendez with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office homicide unit at 559-733-6218 or you can remain anonymous by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or through email at [email protected].

At around 10:20 a.m., deputies were called to Riverland RV Trailer for a stabbing. Witnesses told deputies that two family members got into a fight and one tried to stab the other, but the knife was taken away. Thankfully, no one was hurt. When deputies arrived, the female suspect was leaving the scene. Deputies tried to pull her over, but she led them on a chase. CHP Officers took over and the pursuit ended in Fresno County. The suspect was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and failure to yield.

Tuesday, July 27
At an unknown time detectives arrested Eric Hoisington, 32, of Visalia for stalking and threatening a 29-year-old victim. Hoisington was allowed out on bail. Shortly after his release, he, once again, began stalking and intimidating the victim. Hoisington was arrested again as he was leaving his home. Detectives served a search warrant at his home in Visalia and found several manufactured assault rifles and various types of ammunition. Hoisington is a felon prohibited from possessing any firearms. This is still an active investigation, anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office via telephone at 559-733-6218 or anonymously at [email protected] or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

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