Two men shot dead at Strathmore party

A suspect was arrested after a fight broke out at a house party in Strathmore early Sunday morning and two men were shot and killed, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies were dispatched about 1:30 a.m. to the 21200 block of Avenue 196 in Strathmore, where they found the bodies of two males, ages 21 and 25, dead on the front yard.

Deputies say Jesus Rodriguez Soto, 22, opened fire at the two victims and then fled in his vehicle.

Thanks to witness tips, Porterville Police Department officers located the vehicle a short time later in the area of Newcomb Street and Olive Avenue in Porterville where they detained the suspect.

Rodriguez was booked into the Adult Pretrial Facility on suspicion of two counts of homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488. Anyone with information can also remain anonymous by calling TIPNOW at 559-725-4194 or by sending a text or email to

Megan Ginise: 559-441-6614