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Shots Fired At Deputy, Two Men Captured

MADERA COUNTY – The arrest of two Madera men who reportedly opened fire on a Sheriff’s deputy has led to the discovery of what was described as “an arsenal of stolen weapons,” some of which are linked to a residential burglary in Coarsegold.

Just before 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, a deputy attempted to make a vehicle stop near Fairmead Blvd. and Avenue 22. Instead of pulling over, the truck took off at a high rate of speed, and as many as 40 shots were fired from the vehicle as it fled, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

Pickup abandoned after chase 12-3-13 - photo Madco Sheriffs OfficeThe deputy called for assistance as the truck veered into an orchard off Road 24, wound its way through the trees and finally barreled through a gate into a chicken farm, where the suspects fled on foot.

They left behind a truck loaded with stolen weapons, ammunition, sales receipts and a stockpile of camping gear, including a propane tank, says the Sheriff’s Office.

Abel RamosA team of detectives fanned out immediately to search for the suspects, and discovered a key piece of evidence inside the truck. This led them to the Days Inn located on Avenue 16 near CA-99, where the suspects were arrested at about 2 p.m.

Abel Ramos, 24, and Mario Estevan Valdez, 28, both of Madera, are now behind bars, and the investigation is ongoing.

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