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No charges filed yet in deadly officer-involved shooting

Crime scene in Tulare (FOX26)

UPDATE: 12/11/18 3:00 p.m.

District Attorney Tim Ward announced no criminal charges have been filed at this time in connection with the officer involved shooting involving 28-year-old Cameron Ware.

“This incident has no doubt shocked our community and I understand the pressing desire for as much information as possible as quickly as possible,” said District Attorney Ward. “It is of paramount importance that a thorough, exhaustive investigation be completed for a full understanding of the events of that fateful evening. We have full confidence in the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office to investigate this incident. At this time, preliminary information provided to us indicates that Mr. Ware was not driving the vehicle, nor did he fire any shots. However, this is a complex and continuing investigation and we ask for patience as the Sheriff’s Department conducts its investigation.”

“The Tulare Police Department is aware of the current decision of the District Attorney's Office. We understand that these type of cases are complex and require extensive investigation. We have confidence in the District Attorney's Office and the Sheriff's Department to make impartial and unbiased decisions in the matter,” said interim Tulare Police Chief Matt Machado.

Further information will be released if and when it becomes available.

Police say 35-year old Quinntin Andrew Castro was killed in the shootout and 28-year-old Rosa Cuevas is in critical condition.

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UPDATE: 12/10/18 11:30 PM

An exclusive interview with the girlfriend of one of the guys being accused of being involved in a shootout with the Tulare Police Department over the weekend. Vinaca Blas spoke with FOX 26 about recent accusations of Cameron Ware involvement Tulare Police officer involved shooting. Despite police reports Blas says she was on the phone with Ware when this all went down and says he's innocent.


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UPDATE: 12/10/18 5:36 PM

Tulare Sheriff Office released picture of 25-year-old Cameron Ware. Tulare Police Department says Ware is charged with 4 counts of attempted murder and the death of a police K-9 and outstanding warrants. His bond at $525,000.00.

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A Tulare Police dog was killed, an officer was hurt, and a man they were chasing was killed in a shootout Sunday night outside the city limits.


The shooting happened before 7:00 p.m. Sunday, in the area of Tulare Avenue and Palm Street.

That's just west of Tulare.

Police had been following a driver, who led them on a chase.

It's still not clear why police were following the car.


"When it stopped, shots were fired," says Tulare Police Sergeant Jon Hamlin.

The officer who handles the K-9 was hit in the arm and upper body.

Hamlin says a vest kept the officer from getting seriously hurt.

The police dog "Bane" was deployed and was killed by gunfire.

Three people were in the car they were following, two men and a woman.

A 35-year-old man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A 28-year-old woman was also hit by gunfire and is currently in critical condition.

A 25-year-old man, Cameron Ware of Visalia, was not hurt.

Ware is being charged with four counts of attempted homicide of a police officer, death of a police K9, and four outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office will be handling the criminal investigation.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave.

The officer who was also Bane's K-9 handler was hit once in the hand, which will require surgery.

Another round hit the officer in his vest.

Bane was a 1 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd mix who had also been trained as a bomb detection dog.

A memorial for Bane will be scheduled in the future.



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