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Search continues for killer of Palmdale man


Father reportedly murdered  daughter’s boyfriend

Authorities are continuing their efforts to find a man who allegedly shot and killed his daughter's ex-boyfriend in Palmdale a year ago.

The shooting occurred about 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2022, in the 37000 block of Sierra Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies sent to the scene on a report of a domestic violence incident found Giovannie Gutierrez, 26, unresponsive in the street with a gunshot wound, the sheriff's department reported.

Gutierrez died that day at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.

According to the sheriff's department report following the crime, Gutierrez allegedly had been in his white Chrysler 300M sedan, chasing the former girlfriend who was driving a gray compact car, and the vehicles collided at least once during the chase.

The cars both stopped in the middle of Sierra Highway north of Avenue S where Gutierrez allegedly attempted to force entry into his ex-girlfriend's car as she was seeking help from family members who had called 911, authorities said.

As Gutierrez was attempting to gain entry into the woman's car, a white Ford Ranger pickup arrived at the scene, and Jose Guadalupe Mendoza allegedly got out of the passenger side of the vehicle, approached Gutierrez, and shot him once in the head, authorities said.

Mendoza, in his early 60s, was described as Hispanic, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Authorities cautioned that he was to be regarded as armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or submitted online at