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LASD Homicide Buruea is Investigating a Shooting Death, 3700 block of Sierra Highway

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a 26 year old Hispanic man in Palmdale and are seeking the public’s help in locating the shooter.

Palmdale Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to the 37000 block of Sierra Highway regarding a domestic violence call for service yesterday, November 21, 2022, around 4:47 PM. Upon arriving, deputies discovered the victim, identified as Giovannie Gutierrez of Palmdale, lying unresponsive in the middle of the street suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Victim Gutierrez was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his gunshot wound injuries.

Investigators have learned Victim Gutierrez was the source of the domestic violence call for service. Witnesses stated Victim Gutierrez had been in his car, a white Chrysler 300M sedan, and had been chasing his ex-girlfriend who was driving a gray compact car. In the course of Victim Gutierrez’s pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, the two cars collided at least one time. The cars both stopped in the middle of Sierra Highway north of Avenue S. It was reported that Victim Gutierrez attempted to force entry into his ex-girlfriend’s car as she was seeking help from family members who had called 9-1-1. As Victim Gutierrez was attempting to gain entry into the young woman’s car, a white Ford Ranger pick-up arrived at the scene. A passenger exited the Ford Ranger, approached Victim Gutierrez and shot him once in the head. The shooter has been identified as Jose G. Mendoza of Little Rock. Mr. Mendoza is the father of Victim Gutierrez’s ex-girlfriend.

Mr. Mendoza is described as a male Hispanic, with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5' 06" tall and weighs 140lbs.Mr. Mendoza is believed to be armed with a semi-automatic handgun and should not be approached.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website

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