Fresno County sheriff’s detectives are searching for Pedro Ojeda, 22, who may be a witness to a fatal shooting Saturday near Badger.
Tom Larn Woodall, 57, is in custody on suspicion of murder in the slaying of the so-far unidentified victim, who died near a marijuana garden, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti. Authorities are still piecing together exactly what happened in the shooting, which occurred in the 53000 block of Hogback Road, a remote area of Fresno County. It’s also unknown whether the garden played a role.
Ojeda is 5 feet tall and 150 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Botti said there is a “strong possibility” that he is in the forests of nearby Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks.
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Botti said deputies became aware of the shooting just before 5 p.m. Saturday, when dispatchers received a phone call. The first deputies arrived aboard a department helicopter and found an uninjured Woodall lying on the ground. Botti did not say why the suspect was in that position, but the slain man, reportedly of a young age, was next discovered by the deputies. He was dead of a gunshot wound. A search yielded no other people, but 3,800 marijuana plants were located. Narcotics officers were called in to clear and destroy the plants.
After conducting interviews, detectives determined that Woodall was responsible for the homicide, Botti said. Woodall lives in the area, but the plants were not on his property.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.