PALMDALE – Authorities on Wednesday, Nov. 23, announced a $5,000 reward for information that helps find a man who allegedly fatally shot his daughter’s ex-boyfriend in Palmdale a year ago.
The shooting happened around 4:45 p.m. Nov. 21, 2022, in the 37000 block of Sierra Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies sent to the scene on a report of a domestic violence incident found Giovannie Gutierrez, 26, unresponsive in the street with a gunshot wound, the sheriff’s department reported. Gutierrez died that day at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.
Sheriff’s officials said Gutierrez allegedly chased after his former girlfriend as she drove her car, and the vehicles collided at least once during the chase. The vehicles stopped in the middle of Sierra Highway north of Avenue S, where Gutierrez allegedly attempted to force entry into his ex-girlfriend’s car as she was seeking help on the phone from family members, authorities said. One family member called 911, and another family member called the woman’s father, Jose Guadalupe Mendoza, authorities said. As Gutierrez was attempting to gain entry into the woman’s car, a white Ford Ranger pickup arrived at the scene, and Mendoza allegedly got out of the passenger side of the vehicle, approached Gutierrez, and shot him once in the head, authorities said.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, authorities announced a $5,000 reward offered by Gutierrez’ family for information leading to Mendoza, who investigators say may have gone to Mexico.
“The investigators believe that his family knows where he’s at; they just haven’t relayed that information to investigators,” sheriff’s Lt. Hugo Reynaga said at the news conference [view it below]. Gutierrez’ uncle, Max Valadez, appealed for the public’s help to find Mendoza.
“The family has been going through a very tough loss,” Valadez said. “Giovannie was a great soul … we just want justice.”
Mendoza, 59, was described as Hispanic, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Authorities cautioned that he was to be regarded as armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.