Santa Maria man shoots person, flees, stands off with officers

Jose Manuel Ramirez Magos

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

A gunman shot a person during a dispute in Santa Maria Saturday night, then fled and initiated an hours-long standoff with police before his arrest. 

Prior to the shooting, at about 11 p.m., a 911 caller reported a man threatening another man with a gun at a home in the 500 block of W. Taft  Street. As officers arrived in the area and approached the scene, a shot was fired in their direction, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.

Officers saw a man with a gun run away from the scene. Upon hearing additional gunshots, officers evacuated nearby homes and secured the area. 

A Santa Barbara County Sheriffs helicopter assisted Santa Maria officers with conducting a search.

Santa Maria Police sent out an emergency alert at about midnight. 

A police SWAT team joined the search, along with K-9s. Following a lengthy search, officers located the suspect, 20-year-old Jose Manuel Ramirez Magos. Ramirez Magos then barricaded himself inside a home in the 500 block of W. Polk Street. 

After several hours of negotiations, Ramirez Magos surrendered shortly before 8 a.m.

An initial investigation indicates, during the dispute, Ramirez Magos shot the victim at least twice. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was treated at a local hospital and released.

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