Man wanted in farmworker shooting, killed in police chase


    UPDATE: Tulare Co. Sheriff Mike Boudreaux says Gustavo Garica was killed after leading deputies on a high speed chase Monday morning.

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    Tulare County Deputies are looking for a man they believe was behind the shooting of a farmworker and a convenience store robbery on Sunday.

    A farmworker told deputies he had been on a ladder, picking fruit, in the area of Ballam and Filbert in Exeter around 1:00 p.m. when he heard shots fired.

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    As he fell off the ladder, he realized his ladder had been hit.

    Once he landed, he saw he had been shot in the chest.

    He was taken to an area hospital.

    A short time later, two men walked into "AA Gas and Grub" at 520 S. Kaweah Avenue in Exeter and demanded money from the clerk.

    They then fired three shots into the ceiling.

    No one was hurt.

    They got away with more than $2,000.

    Detectives pieced together surveillance video from the area of the farmworker shooting and the robbery and identified 36-year-old Gustavo Garcia as a suspect.

    He was driving a Silver Honda Pilot.

    Deputies believe shots were fired at the farmworker to distract law enforcement so they could rob the gas station.

    If you have any information, you are urged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Office at 559-733-6218.

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