Sheriff deputies pursue persons of interest in rooster homicide

Sheriff’s deputies seek persons of interest in connection with a shooting at a Sunday night illegal rooster fighting ring held on Puterbaugh Road.

GRANDVIEW — Yakima Sheriff’s Office deputies are seeking two persons of interest in relation to the Sunday, April 19 shooting resulting in the death of Cristian Silva-Hernandez, 23, of Mabton at an illegal rooster fighting event on Puterbaugh Road.

“We aren’t releasing the suspects’ names at this time,” YSO Public Information Officer Casey Schilperoort announced.

“We are looking into charging the landowner with animal cruelty, but that will be after we solve the homicide,” Schilperoort said.

The shooting was reported at the 1200 block of Puterbaugh Road near a makeshift arena where an estimated 100 to 200 people gathered to attend the illegal animal fighting contest.

Meanwhile, YSO detectives have not established a motive for the shooting.

Schilperoort stated the second victim injured in the Sunday morning incident is out of the hospital recovering.

“The name of the individual has not been released at this time,” he added.

An estimated crowd of 100 to 200 people scattered from the scene of the April 19 shooting, leaving behind approximately 180 fighting roosters in cages near the makeshift fighting stadium located near a local trucking firm on Puterbaugh Road.

The event came to the attention of Grandview law enforcement just after 2 a.m. when gun shots were reported. YSO officers on the scene found one man injured and later discovered a second victim left lying in a field three miles away near the intersection of Charvet and Hornby Road.

The victim’s body apparently had been moved from the gaming area, to cover up the murder, detectives speculated.

While YSO detectives continue to seek details about the event organizer and about the landowner.

Detectives continue to seek information about the shootings. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergio Reyna at 509-574-2567 or by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-800-248-9980.

Julia Hart can be reached at 509-837-4500, ext. 123 or at jhart@sunnysidesun.com

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