Man suspected of stealing truck killed by Tulare Police and Sheriff's deputies after pointing gun

Deputies and police officers tried to get the 38-year-old man inside to come out of the truck and surrender.

Friday, December 2, 2022
Man killed by Tulare PD and Sheriff's deputies pointed gun at officers
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Deputies and police officers tried to get the 38-year-old man inside to come out of the truck and surrender.

TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Tulare County Sheriff's Office says that just before midnight, the Tulare Police department was called out to a business on South O Street near East Bardsley Avenue for an alarm going off.

When they arrived, they discovered a white Chevy pickup was stolen from the business.

They asked all local law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the truck.

Around 1:10 am, a Tulare County deputy spotted the truck in an orchard on Cartmill Avenue near West Street in Tulare.

The deputy called for backup, and several Tulare Police officers arrived. For about 30 minutes, they tried to get the 38-year-old man inside to come out of the truck and surrender.

Deputies also tried to use a taser on the man, but he still would not exit the truck.

Around 2 am, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office says the man in the truck pulled out a gun and pointed it toward the officers who opened fire, killing the man.

Visalia Police have been called in to investigate the shooting.

The detectives expect their investigation into the shooting to last many hours, keeping Cartmill Avenue closed through the morning commute.

Stay with ABC30 for the latest details on this developing story.