Crime

Man slain at Chowchilla ranch

A running feud between two Madera County ranch hands ended Sunday morning when one worker allegedly shot and killed his co-worker in a hay barn at the Triangle T Ranch near Chowchilla, the Madera County Sheriff's Department reported.

It was the first homicide of the year in areas served by the Sheriff's Department, spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.

The victim, in his mid-30s, was gunned down between 9 and 9:42 a.m. at the Triangle T Ranch, at Avenue 181/2 near Road 4, Stuart said. His name is not being made public until his family can be notified.

The victim and the suspect, Oscar Becerra Guerrero, had a long-standing feud and resumed their fight Sunday morning before Guerrero allegedly opened fire, killing his coworker, Stuart said.

Guerrero, who remained at large, also goes by Mario Romo Rodriguez and Jose Vicente Becerra Guerrero, Stuart said. The suspect is known as "Vicente" and "Mario."

Guerrero is described as having short black hair, a long hooked nose and is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds. Detectives believe he is 31 or 32 years old. Anyone with information is urged to call (559) 675-7770 or (800) 560-4911.

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