The father of a man who was arrested following a double shooting near a Santa Maria apartment complex finally turned himself in at 11 p.m. Thursday, following a several hour manhunt.
Robert Ruiz Sr., 54, was arrested after he went to the Santa Maria Police station and turned himself in. He was booked at Santa Barbara County Jail for attempted murder. His son, Robert D. Ruiz Jr. 34, was arrested earlier that day, following the shooting at an apartment complex on North Bradley Road.
Just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Santa Maria Police responded to a report of multiple shots fired in the 800 block of North Bradley and Rose Place. When officials arrived, they found two unidentified adult males suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The Santa Maria Fire Department, AMR and CALSTAR helicopter provided aid and transported the victims to area hospitals.
Witnesses were able to provide information to officers and identified the alleged shooter as Robert D. Ruiz Jr. Within minutes, he was found in the 400 block of West Bunny Avenue exiting a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence, police said. An officer immediately contacted the suspect and took him into custody.
A second occupant, Robert Ruiz Sr., was spotted in the car, but the officer had to wait for additional units to arrive, at which point it was believed Robert Ruiz Sr. exited the vehicle and entered the house.
Police surrounded the home, along with a SWAT team and K-9 unit, leading to an hourslong standoff. After finally obtaining a search warrant, the officer entered the house and discovered that Robert Ruiz Sr. had not entered the house but had, in fact, fled on foot.