A Hanford man shot and killed his 10-year-old son Monday morning before taking his own life in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.

Victor Gomes, 43, was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head at a home he shares with his parents in Hanford, police Capt. Karl Anderson said at a news conference.

Portrait of Victor Gomes from the Hanford Police Department

Victor Gomes (Hanford Police Department)

The man’s parents were home at the time of the shootings.

The boy, identified as Wyland Gomes, died of his injuries at Adventist Medical Center.

“It’s a horribly sad day for us,” Anderson said.

Father Had Gun Taken Away Previously

Gomes lost full custody of his son after it was reported in 2016 that he had suicidal thoughts and owned a gun, the captain said. He was ordered to turn over his gun to the Hanford Police Department, which still has the weapon, he said.

The weapon used in Monday’s shootings was a handgun Gomes legally purchased in 2017 after he completed a mental health evaluation and was allowed to have supervised visits with his son, Anderson said.

Wyland’s mother has been notified of her son’s death.

“I can’t even begin to speak on the devastation,” Anderson said.

One Response

  1. Jakob whittlesey

    I was his friend and we were doing a project together he was the light of everyone’s hearts it hurts me so bad to go to school and not have him there to crack a hilarious joke of his. He will forever be in our hearts. Love you man fly high.


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