Sheriff's Detective Killed In The Line Of Duty

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.


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