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SALINAS—The California Highway Patrol of Monterey County were able to locate their suspect in an earlier Hit and Run accident that involved one of their Motor Officers. Following many leads, the investigation revealed that the suspected vehicle was actually a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, grey in color with a license plate of 6PAG608 driven by 42-year-old Salinas resident Angel Ruiz.
As the CHP were closing in on their suspect and obtaining an arrest warrant for Ruiz. They received information that the Salinas Police killed Ruiz on Sunday March 21. At this the CHP, still has not recovered the vehicle used in the Hit and Run.
On Friday afternoon, 2:07 p.m., The Salinas Police responded to the Wing Stop restaurant located on Constitution Boulevard on a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot seen with a handgun.
When Officers arrived, they quickly identified and contacted Ruiz in the parking lot. As they challenged him to show his hands he lifted his shirt and brandished a handgun at the Officers. Fearing that Ruiz was going to shoot, officers shot Ruiz resulting in his death at the scene.
“If you follow the order of events, it is clear that Mr. Ruiz has some significant emotional issue prior to and up to the shooting.” Salinas Police Commander Vincent Maiorana said in the press conference.
The three Salinas Police Officers involved in the shooting were not harmed and placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in incidences like this one.
“There is evidence that Ruiz pointed the gun at employees and even inserted the gun into an employees mouth.” Commander Maiorana added.
Both the California Highway Patrol and Salinas Police are looking for the public’s help in this case. Anyone who as information about the vehicle involved in the Hit and Run or may have witnessed the Shooting is encouraged to call the CHP at 831-796-2160 or Salinas Police at 831-775-4222.
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