City: Cutler

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12-Year-Old Shooting Suspect Released from Children's Hospital, Sent Straight to Juvenile Hall



On 11/26/21, TCSO Detectives were called to a business in Cutler for a shooting. During their investigation, Detectives learned a 12-year-old boy walked up to a car and tried to rob a 17-year-old boy who was in the driver’s seat. When the 12-year-old pulled out a gun, the 17-year-old tried to back out of the parking stall and leave the area. As the victim began backing up, the 12-year-old began shooting into the victim’s car. The victim then grabbed his own gun and fired one shot through his windshield, hitting the 12-year-old. The victim then immediately left the area to avoid further confrontation.


On Thursday, 12/16/21, Detectives learned the 12-year-old suspect was being released from Children’s Hospital after receiving treatment for his gunshot wound. He was arrested on a warrant and booked into the Tulare County Juvenile Detentions Facility, where he is being held without bail.  


Anyone with information regarding this case encouraged to contact Detective Nicholas Sandoval or Sergeant Bryan Clower with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (559) 733-6218. Or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559) 725-4194 or through email at