Man Killed By Fighting Rooster

Cockfighting Turns Deadly For North County Man

It's the common and bloody sport of cockfighting, where two roosters fight each other to death and often times the owners attach razor-sharp blades on birds legs so they can injure and quickly kill the opponent.

However in a bizarre twist in Delano, it was the rooster's owner, 35-year-old Jose Luis Ochoa who was stabbed to death.

The incident happened on Jan. 30 just before noon.

A tip from an anonymous caller led Tulare County deputies to Avenue 24 and Road 128 in Delano. Deputies took a few minutes to find the location because it wasn't visible from the road. By the time authorities showed up, everyone was gone and only six dead roosters and cockfighting paraphernalia were left.

Deputies said Ochoa fled the scene and authorities didn't find out about his death until later in the day.

While this is a cruel and torturous sport for these animals, cockfighting can also be dangerous for people.

"It could be yes. To this one individual it was an unfortunate accident that occurred," said Sgt. Martin King with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities said Ochoa was trying to catch the rooster when the blade cut into his leg, cutting a major artery. He was taken to Delano Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

An autopsy was performed on Wednesday and the cause of death was Sharp Force Injury of the Right Calf and manner was Accidental.

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