Authorities are investigating a homicide in Fresno County

May 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fresno County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a homicide in the area of Smith and Lincoln near Parlier.

Detectives got a call around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. The victim was found shot and lying on a dirt road near his Smith Road home.

The 49-year-old man was described by friends as very hard working -- and was believed to be involved in a local neighborhood watch group, working to prevent metal thefts and burglaries.

Detectives with the sheriff's department are asking for anyone to come forward with any information.