March 12, 2014
A Tulare County sheriff's detective has died after being shot down by a gunman, marking the agency's first death by gunfire in more than 50 years.
Kent Haws, a 38-year-old husband and father of three, was fatally shot while checking a suspicious vehicle on a rural road flanked by orange groves near Ivanhoe.
The Visalia native was taken to a local hospital, where he died Monday afternoon.
Twenty-year-old Jorge Gomez Banda was arrested as a suspect in
the killing and was being held without bail in the Tulare County jail.
Sheriff Bill Wittman lauded the veteran officer for bravery throughout his 10-year career.
Funeral services are pending.