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Wasco man held in shooting of teen


April 18, 2019 | View PDF

A Wasco man was arrested Sunday in the shooting of a teenager the day before.

On Saturday at approximately 12:40 p.m., Kern County Sheriff’s deputies out of the Wasco substation were dispatched to the 700 block of 16th Street after a report of a victim of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they located a 17-year-old male who had been shot in the chest. The juvenile was transported by ambulance to a local-area hospital for treatment, where it was determined his injuries were not life threatening.

Deputies determined that the shooting took place near the intersection of 16th Street and Street, where they located a spent 9mm shell casing. During their investigation, deputies determined 31-year-old Jose Coronado of Wasco was a person of interest. Coronado is on misdemeanor probation and subject to search for narcotics.

On Sunday at about 2 p m., a Wasco substation deputy located Coronado riding a bicycle near 12th Street and Broadway. The deputy ordered Coronado to stop so he could conduct a probation search and speak with him regarding the shooting. Coronado refused to comply with the deputy’s orders, fled on his bicycle and threw a backpack he was wearing.

Coronado led the deputy in a brief pursuit and attempted to hide behind a vehicle before being taken into custody. Deputies located the backpack Coronado threw away and found it contained a loaded 9mm pistol, several rounds of 9mm ammunition and a syringe.

Deputies investigated further and developed probable cause to arrest Coronado for attempted murder, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, destruction of evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. Coronado was booked into the Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation (2019-00058667) is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-32110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.

—Kern County Sheriff’s Department


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