Location: 1000 Block of West Bradbury

Incident Date: 09/27/15

Incident Time: 0553

Case Number: 15-12145

City: Pixley

Posted by: Media Relations

On 9-27-15 Pixley Patrol Deputies responded to the Tipton area in regards to the report of a shooting. Upon arrival they were told a black SUV was seen in the area driving erratically and shots were fired from within the vehicle. Evidence was collected on scene indicating shots were fired.

Deputies later located a vehicle matching the description provided by witnesses in the Pixley area. Upon contacting several subjects in the proximity of the vehicle, Deputies located further evidence in plain sight. Based on this evidence it was believed the vehicle located was the suspect vehicle at which time Detectives were contacted and took over the investigation. A search warrant was authored for the vehicle ultimately revealing a sawed off shotgun concealed inside the suspect vehicle. As a result of the investigation Ismael Valdez of Pixley was taken into custody for negligent discharge of a firearm as well as possession of an altered firearm.   

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective R. Gunderman  with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Investigations Unit at (559) 735-1898. They can also call 24 hours a day at (559) 733-6218 or anonymously, by accessing the TipNow page at tcso@tipnow.com.