San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

3 Suspects Arrested for Allegedly Shooting at Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Deputies

Three suspects who allegedly shot at Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies during a high-speed pursuit Thursday night near Watsonville have been identified, according to sheriff’s officials. Sheriff’s officials identified the suspects as 21-year-old Santa Cruz County resident Julio Galindo, 19-year-old Santa Cruz County resident Jose Valencia and a 17-year-old juvenile male whose name will not be released.

All three were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, with Galindo and Valencia booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail and the juvenile booked into juvenile hall. Around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, sheriff’s officials received a 911 call from a victim of a recent carjacking in Los Gatos reporting they had just spotted their vehicle in Santa Cruz County, according to Lt. Jim Ross. The victim said they spotted the car near Green Valley Road and Freedom Boulevard, Ross said. As the report was being made, multiple shots were fired from the stolen vehicle at the victims who had been trailing them.

Deputies, according to Ross, spotted the vehicle not long after the 911 call in the 1000 block of Green Valley Road, thanks to the proximity of the sheriff’s office to the last seen location of the vehicle. The suspects then opened fire on responding units, though deputies did not shoot back, according to Ross.

Deputies then lost sight of the vehicle but found it abandoned about two hours later nearby on Travers Lane. A crime scene perimeter was established in the area where the vehicle was found, and the suspects were finally detained at roughly 9:30 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Pioneer View Road and Pioneer Road in the Corralitos area after being spotted by an air unit, Ross said. Monte Vista Christian School on School Way was placed on lockdown for at least an hour Friday morning. The lockdown was lifted after the suspects were taken into custody, Ross said.

A shelter-in-place order was also issued for streets in the area of the search shortly before suspects were pursued and arrested. It was lifted when they were taken into custody, Ross said. None of the victims of the carjacking or deputies involved in the pursuit and search were injured, sheriff’s officials said.

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