Friday , April 12 2024

Ex-Wife Accused of Murdering Exeter Police Officer

A 28-year old Visalia woman was arrested Saturday for allegedly murdering an Exeter police officer. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said Erika Sandoval was the ex-wife of 31-year old Daniel Green. They said Sandoval shot Green in his home in Goshen. Green’s body was found on Friday by his colleagues, Exeter police officers. Green had been an 11-year veteran for the Exeter Police Department.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said investigator do have a motive behind the alleged murder, but they’re not divulging those details quite yet.

In a press conference on Saturday, Boudreaux referred to a 2011 incident in which Green and Sandoval were both arrested for domestic violence, but neither person was ever charged.
Exeter Police Chief Cliff Bush said, "I think the whole department is walking around a state of shock from last night. This morning as they began to regather and talk, beginning to realize the realness of it, and sadness is setting in."

Boudreaux said when Green didn’t show up for work on Friday, his co-workers, two other Exeter police officers, went to Green’s house to check up on him. The Sheriff’s Office said Green was shot to death. Boudreaux said evidence led to arrest Sandoval on Saturday. The Sheriff’s Office said the couple divorced about two years ago and have a two year old son.

Boudreaux said, "Investigators are still out and about throughout the County, collecting evidence, as there is still much work to be done."

Bush recalled hiring Green ten years ago when he was 21. He called Green tenacious, smart, and hard working. The Chief said their tight-knit department will not be the same without him.

Bush said, "We’ve got a lot of grieving and healing to do, but we will. We’re family and we’re gonna stick together like families do." The Sheriff’s Office said they do believe they have the weapon that was used in the homicide. Boudreaux said Green’s son is now in the custody of family.

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