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Police Pursue Suspect In Town’s First Murder

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Police were still searching Monday for a fugitive sought in the town’s first homicide.

Jose Martin Gutierrez-Mendez, whom police found about 9:25 p.m. Saturday, was pronounced dead at a Yakima hospital after being shot several times with an assault rifle.

No motive for the shooting was known, but a 27-year-old Cowiche man was sought, Police Chief Tom Wiese said Monday.

“There obviously was some sort of confrontation between the two, but we don’t have any idea why,” Wiese said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Jaime Nogales, Wiese said.

An autopsy showed Gutierrez-Mendez died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and chest, Yakima County Coroner Leonard Birkinbine said.

The shooter fled the scene in a truck, which he later left at his parents’ home, Sgt. Carey Walton said.

“We hoped to catch up with him last (Sunday) night, but we weren’t able to,” Wiese said.

Tieton, about 15 miles northwest of Yakima, has about 1,000 residents.

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