Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies investigating incident that left man dead, two hurt
Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a disturbance in Parlier on Wednesday that resulted in the death of a man, and left two people seriously hurt.
Though questions linger about what happened, Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said Thursday that the incident stemmed from a domestic conflict.
Around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, deputies responded to Bethel and Rose avenues. California Highway Patrol and Parlier police also responded to the scene. There, a man and a woman were inside a vehicle with her four small children.
The man and woman each had a gunshot wound. Another woman, who had been driving, was also inside the car, though she was unhurt.
After speaking with the people inside the car, investigators went to Huntsman and Zediker avenues. The subjects said there had been a disturbance in an orchard between them and an armed man. “They said that as they were trying to leave the area, shots were fired, two of them were struck, and they were merely trying to drive out of the area in order to get help,” Botti said.
Deputies found a vehicle matching the description based on the subjects’ statements. “After (deputies) got closer they found a man who was down from an apparent gunshot wound,” Botti said. “Once they got closer they realized this man was dead.”
He was identified Thursday by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office as 47-year-old Daniel Hernandez of Reedley.
Hernandez and the woman who was shot had been involved in a relationship, Botti said. All of the people involved in the incident knew each other.
The man who was shot was hospitalized but was later released, Botti said Thursday. The woman remained in critical condition Thursday, Botti said. Her wounds were initially considered life-threatening.
It’s unclear if Hernandez had been shot by another person. Botti said there was a “strong possibility” his wounds were self-inflicted.