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Two men arrested in fatal shooting of truck driver on I-10 freeway in Ontario [Updated]

December 16, 2009 | 10:52 am

Two men were arrested this morning after a truck driver was fatally shot on Interstate 10 in Ontario, police said.

The shooting at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday occurred as the truck was entering westbound Interstate 10 at Milliken Avenue, CHP Officer Jaci Parent said.

Officers found a man with a gunshot wound lying on the ground near the truck, which had crashed on the freeway embankment. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Witnesses reported seeing two men running from the vehicle, Parent said.

CHP and Ontario Police Department officers set up a perimeter to search the area, and apprehended the first suspect within 30 minutes, said Ontario police Det. Jeff Crittenden. Police found the second man about 3 a.m. hiding in bushes next to a nearby car dealership.

[Updated 4:30 p.m.: Authorities identified the victim as Rafael Ochoa, 52, of Ivanhoe in the San Joaquin Valley. The suspects, Rudolfo Rodriguez, 28, of Huntington Park, and Nolan Lopez, 36, of Bell Gardens, were both booked on suspicion of homicide, carjacking and kidnapping.]

Investigators were trying to determine whether the men were hitchhikers, carjackers or colleagues of the victim, Crittenden said.

He identified the suspects as a 28-year-old man from Huntington Park and a 36-year-old man from Bell Gardens. Investigators recovered a handgun and some personal property, which appeared to belong to the victim, he said.

Crittenden said the victim was a 52-year-old man from Ivanhoe in Tulare County.

The Milliken onramp was closed this morning while police completed their investigation, Parent said.

[Updated 4:44 p.m.: Crittenden said investigators were still trying to determine a motive in the crime. He said the victim had no prior relationship to the suspects, but it appeared the men had come into contact at a local truck stop.]

-- Alexandra Zavis