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Man killed in Orland area shooting identified

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Man killed in Orland area shooting identified

Update Wednesday 4:06 p.m. - Glenn County Sheriff's Office has identified the person who was shot dead Tuesday night in the Orland area.

The victim was 40-year-old Rafael Vargas Chavez from Corning, deputies said.

Chavez was visiting a relative at the residence on County Road 20 around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputies said multiple people who have not been identified came onto the property and an altercation ensued before Chavez was shot.

Chavez was found by deputies at a residence nearby after he attempted to leave the scene on foot.

Authorities are investigating the incident as intentional homicide.

The Glenn County Investigative Task Force is investigating the incident. 


ORLAND, Calif. -  Glenn County Sheriff's Investigators confirmed that an adult male was shot and killed just south of Orland Tuesday night.

The scene is located on Road M and County Road 20, about a mile south of the city near Interstate 5.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a male on the ground next to a residence on County Road M and next to a marijuana grow. 

Road 20 was blocked off and a helicopter flew overhead with its light on, looking for the suspect.

Deputies treated the victim as medics arrived. Medics attempted to resuscitate the man but pronounced him dead at the scene.

Authorities said they are still searching for the suspect.

The investigation is ongoing and is actively being investigated. 

This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with more information.

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