A man from Selma has been arrested for allegedly running over a Hanford man and intentionally killing him near Selma just after midnight on Monday, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office said Saul Sepulveda Mendoza, 31, was found sitting in his car at Highway 41 and Main Street in Stratford around 8:30 a.m., and was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was taken into custody without incident.
Mendoza allegedly struck Sigifredo Gomez, 38, with his car, killing him, near Nebraska and De Wolf avenues in Selma on Monday night. After hitting Gomez, Mendoza then drove away.
The Sheriff’s Office said Gomez had a woman passenger in his car that Mendoza had a prior dating relationship with. When Gomez pulled over and walked around his vehicle, Mendoza drove by and intentionally hit Gomez. Detectives believe the relationship was a possible motive for the attack, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Gomez’s death marks the 11th homicide of 2016 in Fresno County.