Gunshot victim arrested for earlier exchange of gunfire

CNJ staff

The victim of a gunshot wound was arrested Wednesday night upon his release from the hospital for his role in an exchange of gunfire on a city street a day earlier, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler.

Police believe Benardo Rodriguez, 36, of Clovis was standing in a driveway in the vicinity of Grand and Maple streets about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday when he exchanged handgun fire with Guadalupe Murillo, 24, of Clovis, the driver of a passing vehicle, Chandler said.

Rodriguez suffered a single wound to the leg, according to police. Murillo was not injured, Chandler said.

Chandler said there were multiple gun shots fired during the exchange.

Murillo was arrested earlier Wednesday and charged with shooting Rodriguez, according to a Clovis Police Department press release.

Chandler said Rodriguez and Murillo had feuded in the past but would not divulge a further possible motive.

Teresa Rodriguez, 34, and Imelda Towers, 40, were also arrested Wednesday in connection with the case.

Teresa Rodriquez, who is not related to Benardo Rodriguez, according to Chandler, was charged with tampering with evidence.

Towers was arrested on drug charges. She is the sister of Murillo, according to Chandler.

Chandler said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.