Around 7:30 pm on Tuesday, detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office arrested 53 year old Jose Rangel of Three Rocks.  He is scheduled to be booked into the Fresno County Jail and face a charge of murder.

Early on Tuesday, a citizen made a report to the Sheriff’s Office saying they saw a man resembling Jose Rangel near their home in Three Rocks.  Deputies responded to the area, but were unable to find Rangel.  During the late afternoon, deputies continued to do patrol checks in the area looking for Rangel.  While searching an orchard in Three Rocks, they found a man who appeared to be hiding in a tree.  Deputies determined it was Rangel and they were able to take him into custody without any issues.

Shortly before 1:00 am on June 17th, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a shooting that had occurred on a piece of property at the southwest corner of S. Derrick and W. Clarkson Avenues in Three Rocks / Cantua Creek.  Deputies, California Highway Patrol officers and EMS personnel arrived and found a man outside, behind a church in the area, who was suffering from a gunshot wound.  Medical aid was given, but the man died at the scene.  The victim was identified as 33 year old Augustine Alvarado Trujillo.  

Detectives later determined that Jose Rangel, who is known to stay in the area, was responsible for the shooting.  The Sheriff’s Office notified the public to be on the lookout for Rangel.  A tip on Tuesday confirmed Rangel was still in Three Rocks, which helped deputies track him down in a timely fashion.  

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111, Detective Adam Maldonado (559) 600-8208 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867),  You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.  

Jose Rangel

Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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