HANFORD — Authorities say a shooting in Central Hanford led to the arrest of two men Saturday, one for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Officers were called to a home near Brown and Ninth streets around 9:12 a.m. for a report of shots fired in the neighborhood.
They knocked on the door and met with Albert and Jose Cota, who both denied knowing anything about the shots, police said.
Having been called to the same house recently for a report of someone brandishing a weapon, officers decided to check the back yard. There they found a single 9 mm shell casing on the ground.
They proceeded inside to search the house and eventually found a 9 mm Ruger semi-automatic handgun.
Albert Cota, a known felon, was arrested on suspicion of having the gun. Police said they also believe he was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time, and may have recently violated a domestic violence restraining order, according to a news release.
Officers also arrested Jose Cota on suspicion of narcotics use.
Both men were booked into the Kings County Jail. Albert Cota remains in custody on $40,000 bail, while Jose Cota was released from custody later that day.
Investigators say they have sent the weapon off to the Department of Justice for a fingerprint analysis. More charges may be forthcoming.
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