Parlier woman shot in suspected domestic conflict has died, sheriff’s office says

Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies investigating incident that left man dead, two hurt

Fresno County Sheriff's deputies investigating incident that left man dead, two hurt.
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Fresno County Sheriff's deputies investigating incident that left man dead, two hurt.

A 26-year-old woman who was shot last week in Parlier has died, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday.

The deceased was identified as Selena Lopez of Parlier. She died Sunday while in the hospital.

Her injuries stemmed from a suspected domestic conflict April 10 in Parlier that left one man dead and another man injured, who was also shot and hospitalized but later released, said Tony Botti, sheriff’s office spokesman.

Regarding Lopez, Botti said, “The exact circumstances of her shooting have not been confirmed. Detectives are awaiting the results of testing on evidence to give us better answers.”

Deputies said they found Lopez and the injured man in a vehicle with four small children and another woman, who weren’t hurt.

“They said that as they were trying to leave the area, shots were fired, two of them were struck,” Botti said, “and they were merely trying to drive out of the area in order to get help.”

Deputies found a vehicle matching the victims’ description in an orchard.

“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 later identified as Daniel Hernandez, 47, of Reedley.

“An autopsy has been performed on Hernandez,” Botti said, “and the results of his death are pending further investigation.”

All of the people involved knew each other, and Hernandez and Lopez had been in a relationship, Botti said.

Botti said last week that there was a “strong possibility” Hernandez’s wounds were self-inflicted.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Adam Maldonado at 559-600-8208 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.

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Carmen George is a features and news reporter for The Fresno Bee. Her stories have been recognized with Best of the West, George F. Gruner, and McClatchy President’s awards, and nine first or second place awards from the California News Publishers Association. She has a passion for sharing people’s stories to highlight issues and promote greater understanding.