Gunman, girlfriend tracked to Taft after killing

Visalia violent crimes detectives arrest the shooter and his girlfriend after allegedly shooting, killing victim in Visalia

VISALIA – A Visalia homicide investigation eventually led detectives to Taft where they arrested the shooter and accomplices on Saturday.

Last Tuesday, Sept. 7, Visalia police officers were called out to an assault with a deadly weapon in the 2500 block of W. Hemlock. The victim was transported to Kaweah Health and the scene was turned over to the violent crimes unit. After arriving at Kaweah Health, the victim was pronounced deceased, and then identified as Dominic Harris, 38.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Visalia Police Department violent crimes detectives, along with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s fugitive apprehension team, responded to the city of Taft based on investigative leads that Derek Williams, 35, and his girlfriend, Elissa Navarro, 31, were attempting to avoid investigators by hiding in the Taft area.

With the assistance of the Taft Police Department, Williams and Navarro were located at a hotel in the Taft. Williams and Navarro were taken into custody without incident. Williams was booked for homicide, conspiracy and a parole hold. Navarro was booked for aiding Williams in avoiding capture following the crime and four outstanding warrants.

The Visalia Police Department states this investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this case is still urged to contact detective Andrew Saelee at 559-713-4576 or the Anonymous Tip-Line at 559-713-4738.

Visalia Police Logs

Monday, Sept. 6
At approximately 11:30 p.m. the Visalia Police Department received a report of a male subject who discharged a firearm in the area of Center and Santa Fe. Two subjects were contacted in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Santa Fe Station. The subjects refused to exit their vehicle for a period of time. The Santa Fe Station was evacuated during the brief standoff. The subjects eventually exited their vehicle. Derek Hicks, 36, was found to be in possession of a loaded P80 Ghost Gun and was arrested without incident. The passenger was detained and released. Hicks was transported and booked into the Tulare County pretrial facility on various gun charges, warrants and negligent discharge of a firearm.

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