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UPDATE: 9:33 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2020 – Tehama County Sheriff's Deputies said they have identified a suspect in the double homicide that happened in Corning on May 1.

Posted: May 1, 2020 12:01 PM
Updated: May 8, 2020 2:28 PM

UPDATE: 9:33 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2020 – Tehama County Sheriff's Deputies said they have identified a suspect in the double homicide that happened in Corning on May 1.

Deputies said they served a search warrant in the 1000 block of 6th Ave. in Corning on Thursday, May 7. During the search warrant, investigators said they found additional evidence leading them to identify Roberto Valencia as a suspect in this case. Valencia has a warrant out for his arrest for the charge of murder.


The map shows the location of where a Tehama County Sheriff's Deputy was injured in a collision Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Authorities said they're actively attempting to locate Valencia and asking anyone with information to contact the Tehama County Sheriff's Department at 530-529-7920.

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UPDATE: 10:19 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020 – Tehama County Assistant Sheriff, Phil Johnston told Action News Now they have not identified a suspect in the double homicide that occurred on April 30 in Corning.

Johnston said deputies did serve a warrant in Corning on the morning of May 7, but said this is common in an ongoing investigation and are currently working to gather evidence.

Two different groups are said to be involved in the shooting and there is no confirmation at this time that this is gang-related, according to Johnston.

Investigators said they may serve additional search warrants as they work to determine what exactly happened that night that led to the shooting which left two Corning residents dead.

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UPDATE: 8:44 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – Tehama County Sheriff's Deputies said they have identified two victims who died from a shooting incident on Friday, May 1 near Thomes Creek.

Authorities said Edgar Alejandro Villa Valencia, 22, and Juan Manuel Valencia Vargas, 20, both of Corning died after suffering gunshot wounds to the torso.

Deputies said the homicide investigation is still ongoing. Action News Now will provide updates as they become available.

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UPDATE: 6:50 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2020  The Tehama County Sheriff's Office said they are investigating the shooting as a homicide.

Officials say both victims were Hispanic males from Corning. One man was 22-years-old and the other was 20-years-old.

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TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. – Tehama County Sheriff's detectives are working to make arrests in a shooting that left two dead, and injured a deputy who was responding to the scene. 

Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told Action News Now the shooting happened just after 8 p.m. Thursday night at Thomes Creek and Highway 99 west of a local swimming area near Richfield.

Johnston said one man died after being taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in a private vehicle. Another was found dead in the creek about 200 yards from the original scene, according to Johnston.

The sheriff also said the death stemmed from an exchange of gunfire between two groups of Hispanics, several vehicles then left the scene.

Officers said it's very early in the investigation and no arrests have been made. The names of the victims are not being released at this time. The Department of Justice is assisting with the investigation.

According to the CHP, the responding deputy, who was rushing to the scene, was injured when a semi-truck pulled out in front of him. The deputy's car caught fire, while he was trapped inside. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and extract him from the car.

Assistant Sheriff Johnston says the deputy was treated at the hospital and is recovering at home.

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