Location: 21200 Block of Ave 196

Incident Date: 11-1-15

Case Number: 15-13700

Victim: 2 White Male Adults

City: Strathmore

Posted by: Media Relations

*****UPDATE******** Cause of death 

On 11-3-15 an autopsy was conducted on the victims and the cause of death for Richard Mandela was listed as suffocation due to a single penetrating gunshot wound to the head. The cause of death for Gregory David Brown was listed as a single penetrating gunshot wound to the head.

*****UPDATE******** Victims named:

Victim 1 – Richard Mandela, 21 yoa out of the Porterville area
Victim 2 – Gregory David Brown, 25 yoa out of the Porterville area

Suspect – Soto, Jesus Rodriguez, 22 yoa out of the Porterville area

On 11-1-15 at approx. 0124 hrs. Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 21200 block of Ave. 196, Strathmore regarding two gunshot wound victims. Upon arrival Deputies located the two white male adult victims lying in the front yard of the residence obviously deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.

Deputies on scene discovered there was a large party at the residence when an altercation took place when the suspect produced a handgun and fired at the two victims. The suspect then entered a vehicle and fled the area.

Witnesses at the scene were able to provide the suspect vehicle description and a broadcast was placed for the vehicle. Porterville Police Department Officers located the vehicle a short time later in the area of Newcomb and Olive, Porterville where they conducted a traffic stop and detained the suspect.

Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Violent Crimes Detectives were called out to take over the investigation.

The suspect in this case was positively identified by witnesses and was subsequently booked into the Adult Pretrial Facility for 2 counts of 187 PC (homicide).

This case remains an active investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559)733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488. Anyone with information can also remain anonymous by calling TIPNOW at (559) 725-4194 or by sending a text or email to TCSO@tipnow.com