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Kings County homicide detectives have new lead in 33-year-old’s death

In these parts of California, law enforcement is scarce

A shortage of sheriff’s deputies across rural, small town California puts law enforcement and residents at a safety risk as response times take hours after calling 911 in emergencies.
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A shortage of sheriff’s deputies across rural, small town California puts law enforcement and residents at a safety risk as response times take hours after calling 911 in emergencies.

Kings County sheriff’s detectives have a new lead in a 2018 homicide that left a 33-year-old man dead.

Detectives say the Norteño street gang in Kettleman City is involved in the death of Armando Garza, who was found shot to death in the driver’s seat of a vehicle on Feb. 13, 2018.

Garza was found around 6:43 a.m. in the 200 block of Maud St. in Kettleman City.

California Highway Patrol and Avenal police officers also responded.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Andrew Mazza at 559-852-4647 or to leave an anonymous message at 559-852-4554.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo
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