THREE RIVERS — The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department arrested two suspects in connection with a double homicide in Three Rivers at the end of last week.
Deputies arrested 27-year-old Manuel Talamantez and 29-year-old Christina Martinez, both of Farmersville.
On June 27, the sheriff’s department received a 911 call that shots had been fired at Cobbler Knoll in Three Rivers. When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered two Hispanic male adults who had died from gunshot wounds, and a third Hispanic male who had been shot in his legs. The third victim was taken to Community Regional Medical Center by helicopter and is currently in stable condition.
An investigation into the incident revealed that a group of people were at the Kaweah River when an argument and fight broke out between two opposing gang members. The two gang members both took out guns and started firing.
The first two victims were shot in the upper body area and died at the scene. The third victim was swimming when a bullet hit him. Another victim was hit in the right arm while trying to flee the area, and a fourth victim sought treatment at the hospital for a gunshot wound to his right arm, according to the sheriff’s department.
The suspects were stopped in their car by deputies and officers found evidence linking them to the crime inside the vehicle. Two children, both 5 years old, were in the car. They were placed in the custody of Child Welfare Services.
Talamantez was booked in the Main Jail on two counts of homicide, two counts of attempted homicide and two counts of child endangerment. Martinez was booked on accessory to a crime and child endangerment.
The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to call the sheriff’s department at (559) 733-6211.
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