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Farmersville man killed in officer-involved shooting identified

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office identified the man killed Saturday in an officer-involved shooting in Farmersville as Estevan Andrade Gomez, 26, of Farmersville.

He was being processed on a parole violation when he was shot and killed by officers.

Two Farmersville officers were processing the man in the department’s booking room just before 11 p.m. when he began fighting with them. The fight extended into nearby offices as the man struggled to grab one of the officer’s weapons.

The sheriff’s office said the officers fired shots at the man. When medical aid arrived, he was found dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s office said one of the officers has three years of law-enforcement experience and has been with the Farmersville Police Department for seven months. The other officer has been with the department for two years. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy. Their names were not released.

Farmersville Police Chief Mario Krstic told media Sunday that his officers first tried to subdue the man with a Taser but it had no effect. Krstic said the officers suffered minor injuries in the scuffle and were treated at the scene.

Tomas Kassahun: 559-441-6659, @TomasKassahun

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