An Ivanhoe man is in jail after shooting a dog and at law enforcement while leading a chase from Ivanhoe to Visalia and then back to Ivanhoe on Thursday.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said Alejandro Ruiz, 31, ran for no apparent reason from the backyard of an Ivanhoe home where detectives arrived around 10 a.m.
As he ran, Ruiz fired a gun and struck a dog at a home a few houses down.
Ruiz kept running and eventually entered a home and found a woman with a child in her arms. The Sheriff’s Office said Ruiz took the woman’s keys and car, which he used to lead deputies on a chase from Ivanhoe to north Visalia.
A Fresno County sheriff’s helicopter assisted with trying to catch Ruiz, along with Visalia and Exeter police.
In Visalia, Ruiz fired his gun at officers but no one was struck.
Ruiz eventually led authorities back into Ivanhoe, where he was arrested in the area of Jasmine Avenue and Road 156, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The dog Ruiz allegedly injured was taken to a veterinary clinic and is expected to recover.
After being treated for self-inflicted injuries, Ruiz was booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility, the Sheriff’s Office said.