Tulare County man rescued from canal in Delano arrested for possession of handgun

Man is reported felon

DELANO, Calif. - A Tulare County man was rescued from a canal and arrested in Delano last night.

On July 17, at about 10:30 p.m., deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Delano Substation were sent to the area of Driver Road and Whisler Road regarding a person who had brandished a firearm and then fled on foot. 

When deputies arrived in the area, they found the suspect’s car, abandoned.  Deputies began searching the area and attempted to make contact with the registered owner in Tulare County to see if the car had been reported stolen. 

Deputies were unable to locate the suspect or the true owner of the car. 

As the deputies were about to leave the area, they said a passerby arrived and identified himself as the person who called.  This passerby also said he believed the suspect was trying to hide under a nearby canal bridge on Driver Road.

Deputies went to the bridge and could hear a person yelling, apparently wanting help.  The deputies found the person, later identified as 26-year-old Adell Evans, a Tulare County resident, sitting on the canal bank, partially submerged in the canal water. 

Evans matched the description provided by the caller.  Deputies also saw a handgun lying on the canal bank, within four to five feet of Evans.  Evans was naked and his clothes were nearby.  After a few attempts to communicate with Evans, he became unresponsive. 

Due to the slippery conditions and the hazards canals present, the KCSO Search and Rescue Unit was called to assist.  When the Search and Rescue unit arrived, deputies were able to seize the handgun and get Evans out of the canal.

Evans was arrested for being a felon in possession of a handgun, felon in possession of ammunition, and possessing a handgun in violation of a court order.  Evans was booked into the KCSO Central Receiving Facility.

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