Suspect nabbed after teen shooting in Pixley

(Tulare County Sheriff's Office)

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office deputies apprehend the shooter in Visalia after brief chase

TULARE COUNTY – Authorities have apprehended a suspect in connection with a recent shooting incident involving two teenagers in Pixley.

Around 1:40 p.m. on June 4, deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office tried to contact Jeremiah Graham, 23, of Tulare at a home on the 700 block of Jacob Street in Visalia. Graham was wanted for the shooting of two 14-year-old boys in Pixley earlier that day.

When deputies arrived, Graham ran from the home, but was caught shortly after. He was booked on two counts of attempted murder. One of the victims remains in critical condition.

The initial scene occurred around midnight on June 4, when deputies were called to the 900 block of E. Lavinia Ave in Pixley for a report of a gunshot wound victim. ⁣⁣When they arrived, Deputies found two 14-year-old boys in a vehicle with gunshot wounds. Both boys were taken to a local hospital; one with critical injuries, the other with non life-threatening injuries.

⁣Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218.⁣

June 2

On Feb. 8, 2024, deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office were called to a farm shop in the 11900 Block of Road 248 in Porterville for a burglary. When deputies arrived, they learned the suspects forced their way into the shop and took two ATVs and multiple power tools.

Over the next three months, similar burglaries were reported, with multiple ATVs, trailers, tools and about $60,000 of agricultural chemicals stolen. Rafael Lopez, 45, of Terra Bella was soon identified as a suspect in at least three of the burglaries.

(Tulare County Sheriff's Office)

On May 28, Lopez was tracked down at a property on Road 248. There they found two ATVs that matched the descriptions of four that were stolen during a newly reported burglary. The ATVs were confirmed to be stolen, and Lopez was arrested for his participation in the burglaries. Paulo Lima, 41, of Terra Bella was also arrested at the property and charged with possession of stolen property.

On May 29, detectives served a warrant at a property associated with Lopez and found two additional ATVs, a trailer and various tools and chemicals related to additional burglaries. Lopez is suspected of being involved in at least eight burglaries throughout southern Tulare County since February 2024, including Porterville.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Ryan Pughor Sergeant Joseph Armstrong with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Ag Crimes Unit at 559-733-6218. Or, they can remain anonymous by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or through email at [email protected].

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