Police ID shooting suspect

Police tape remains on the fence at 410 Rencher, site of a deadly shooting Wednesday night. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle)

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of a 32-year-old Clovis man.

Anthony “Tony” Martinez, 51, of Clovis is considered to be armed and dangerous, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department.

Martinez is charged with an open count of murder, shooting at a motor vehicle and felon in possession of a firearm, according to Matt Chandler, 9th Judicial District Attorney.

Clovis Police Lt. Jim Schoeffel declined to elaborate on why investigators believe Martinez shot Hugo Ochoa or evidence connecting him to the crime.

Officials have declined to comment on circumstances surrounding the crime.

Members of the Major Crime Unit are working around the clock and are following every possible lead in the hopes of apprehending Martinez, Chandler said.

Ochoa died Wednesday night after being shot once in the back outside of a home located at 410 Rencher Street.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area around 7:30 p.m.

Police said two search warrants served on residences in connection with the case resulted in the seizure of an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, five pounds of marijuana and an undisclosed amount of firearms.

Schoeffel said he could not comment on whether there was a connection between the weapon found during the warrant search and shooting.

Javier Martinez, 44, was arrested in connection with the seized drugs, according to Chandler. He is not accused in connection with the homicide, Chandler said.

Javier Martinez was released on a $6,000 bond around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Police have said there is a family relationship between Tony and Javier Martinez but are not clear on exactly how they are related.

Tony Martinez is described as a 5-foot-11 Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes.

Persons with information in the case are asked to call Curry County Crime Stoppers at 763-7000 or the police department at 769-1921.