SAN BERNARDINO – The suspect sought in the attempted murder of an army veteran on December 23 turned himself into San Bernardino County Sheriff’s on Monday afternoon.
Ruben Ray Jurado, who is now in the custody of San Bernardino Police investigators, “was accompanied by his attorney,” said Lt. Gwendolyn Waters. Attorney Michael Holmes is representing Jurado.
Army veteran Christopher Sullivan, 22, was home on leave for the holidays when he was struck down by Jurado, who shot him following an argument and physical confrontation just before midnight, said Sgt. Gary Robertson.
Jurado, 19, fled the scene on the 2800 block of North Garner Ave., hiding out for three days until he turned himself in at the sheriff’s substation in Chino Hills, about 20 miles from the shooting site.
Sullivan, a Purple Heart winner as a member of the 101st Airborne, was taken to a local hospital suffering from three gunshot wounds, including a shot to the neck. He was listed in critical condition as of late Monday night.
In a highly publicized shooting that drew national attention, Sullivan had been injured in an Afghanistan bombing and had returned home from rehabilitation from Fort Campbell (Ky.) a few days before he was shot.
“Extensive investigation led to the positive identification of (Jurado),” said Robertson. “He was taken into custody … for this case.”
Robertson said, “He didn’t make a statement about the incident.”
Jurado will be jailed at the West Valley Detention Center on attempted murder charges. The case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s office for review, said Robertson.
The Chino Hills substation was closed for the holiday, but Jurado used the telephone out in front to call dispatchers, who sent San Bernardino police to pick him up.
Witnesses told police that an argument had developed over a friendly dispute about professional football, which led to Jurado striking Sullivan’s brother. When Sullivan intervened, Jurado shot him, according to police reports.