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After a report of domestic violence and a car chase, a California man is wanted for shooting and killing his daughter’s ex-boyfriend.


A man is on the run after police say he shot and killed the ex-boyfriend of his daughter after a car chase in Southern California.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Jose G. Mendoza, 59, shot Giovannie Gutierrez, 26, on Monday in the city of Palmdale. He did this after seeing Gutierrez and Mendoza’s daughter in a car accident. A press release sent out on Tuesday says that Mendoza is likely carrying a semi-automatic handgun and that no one should go near him.

Monday at 4:47 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were called to a report of domestic violence. When they arrived, they found Gutierrez lying in the middle of a highway, unresponsive, with a gunshot wound to the head. Witnesses told of a crazy scene: The sheriff’s office said that Gutierrez was driving a white Chrysler 300M sedan and following his ex-girlfriend in a “grey compact car.”

The cars hit each other “at least once,” then stopped in the middle of the 37300 block of Sierra Highway, where Gutierrez “tried to force entry into his ex-car girlfriend’s while she was trying to get help from family members who had called 9-1-1,” according to the release.

The release said that a short time later, a white Ford Ranger pickup driven by a man named Mendoza pulled up and shot Gutierrez in the head.

Mendoza lives in Littlerock, California, a small town about 10 miles northeast of Palmdale in Los Angeles County. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He is Hispanic and has black hair and brown eyes.

Investigators are asking anyone who knows anything about him or the shooting to call the Homicide Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500. If you want to give Crime Stoppers information without giving your name, you can call 1-800-222-8477 or use the Crime Stoppers app.


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