Man, teenagers behind bars for park shooting

(Rigo Moran)

Visalia police arrest three teenagers and 21-year-old Alejandro Juarez for a shooting in Riverway Sports Park

VISALIA – A routine night at a local sports park took a dangerous turn after police were called to the area for reports of a shooting incident.

Just after 1 a.m. on Nov. 5, officers with the Visalia Police Department were called to Riverway Sports Park regarding an assault with a deadly weapon. While officers were on their way, they were told a man had been shot. When officers arrived on scene, they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is currently in stable condition.

Officers were told the suspects who shot the victim left in a dark colored vehicle. A Visalia Police Department patrol officer spotted the suspect vehicle near the Sports Park. The vehicle fled from the officer and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit continued through the city of Visalia, then onto Northbound Highway 99. The California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit and used a tire deflation device to end the chase in the area of Highway 99 and Clovis Avenue.

Three 17-year-olds and Alejandro Juarez, 21, were arrested. The three teenagers were booked into the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility and Juarez was booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility. 

Nov. 3

Around 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 1, the Tulare County Agencies Regional Gun Violence Enforcement Team Task Force (TARGET) with the assistance of the Tulare Police Department Crimes Specific Unit, arrested Jazmine Dailey, 38, and Darrell Dillihunt, 38, in the 900 block of W. Inyo Ave. in Tulare. Dillihunt is a convicted felon who is known to carry firearms.

As detectives searched the suspects’ vehicle, a loaded assault weapon was found. Dillihunt has an arrest record for assault with a deadly weapon with the use of a firearm on a peace officer. He was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition and an assault weapon.

Dailey was arrested for two active felony warrants and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition and an assault weapon.

The TARGET Task Force, with the assistance from the Special Enforcement Unit Officers from the Visalia Police Department, obtained and served a search warrant at the home of Dillihunt and Dailey. Over 50 rounds of live ammunition were seized from the home.

Both felons were booked at the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Detention Facility. This case will be submitted to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of criminal prosecution.

If anyone has information regarding the illegal possession or manufacturing of firearms, please contact the TARGET Task Force Tip line at 559-713-4738. 

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