2 arrested in Earlimart school shootout case

(Tulare County Sheriff's Office)

TCSO detectives arrest sibling suspects linked to Earlimart Middle School shooting

TULARE COUNTY – Less than two weeks after a shootout near an Earlimart school, detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office have apprehended a pair of brothers as the suspects behind the incident.

(Tulare County Sheriff's Office)
(Tulare County Sheriff's Office)

On Dec. 13, TCSO detectives were able to track down and arrest brothers Manuel, 25, and Erik, 22, Manjarrez after serving a search warrant at their home in Earlimart. As reported by the sheriff’s office, the duo are suspected gang members believed to be involved in the shootout near Earlimart Middle School on Dec. 1.

The incident unfolded just before 3 p.m., according to reports, when TCSO deputies were contacted because multiple shots were heard near Earlimart Middle School. Witnesses told the officers that two separate vehicles were driving near the school, and the people in them began shooting at each other.

Several days after the shootout, TCSO TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team) detectives identified the Manjarrez brothers as the suspects. During the warrant search on Dec. 13, detectives discovered multiple guns, including an AK-47 assault with high-capacity magazines and a large amount of ammunition.

The two were booked at the South County Detention Facility on Dec. 14.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Randy Hoppert or Detective Aaron Esquibel with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218. Or, they can remain anonymous by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or through email at [email protected].

(Tulare County Sheriff's Office)

Dec. 10

In other reports, a man was recently killed in a deadly shooting in Orosi.

Just before 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, TCSO deputies were called to the 12400 block of Avenue 413 in Orosi for a shooting. When they arrived, deputies found a 46-year-old man who had been shot. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218, or anonymously through our TipNow Program at [email protected].

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