The tribal police headquarters of the Tule Lake Indian Reservation is seen Sunday at the reservation in California. Hector Celaya, 31, is the suspect in the shootings in which three people died and four others. Celaya died later in a shoot out with police. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Sunday, December 09, 2012 7:14 PM
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting three people to death and wounding another on an Indian reservation died Sunday from his injuries in a shootout with police, authorities said.
Hector Celaya, 31, died several hours after he was wounded during gunfire with Tulare County sheriff's deputies as he tried to flee in a vehicle. His death was confirmed by sheriff's Sgt. Chris Douglass, who did not release details.
Authorities apprehended him about six hours after deputies were called late Saturday to a trailer on the Tule Indian Reservation, about 50 miles north of Bakersfield. Inside, they found the body of a man and a woman; the body of another man was nearby.
Deputies also discovered a wounded young boy, whose condition and age were not known.
A motive for the attacks was not immediately known.
Officials said Celaya also shot his two daughters, ages 5 and 8, who were with him in the vehicle when he was apprehended. It was unclear when the girls were shot.
One girl suffered life-threatening injuries while the other girl was less seriously hurt.