LOS ANGELES – Authorities have identified the shooter involved in a California standoff that killed a sheriff’s deputy and three others who were held hostage in a San Joaquin Valley home.
On Tuesday, the shooter, identified as Jose Manuel Ramírez Jr., was fatally shot by Kern County Sheriff’s deputies. He has a history of arrests in domestic violence offenses and a restraining order is believed to have prohibited him from possessing guns and coming into the home where the Sunday attack took place in the Vasco farm, northwest of Bakersfield. There was a small community in the middle of the fields.
The sheriff’s office has not said what led to the fatal shooting or the specifics of the 41-year-old’s previous arrest. He was armed with an AK-47 style rifle and a handgun on Sunday.
The county coroner identified the victims, who were held hostage inside the home as Ramirez’s sons, 24-year-old Jose Manuel Ramírez III and 17-year-old Angel Manuel Ramírez, and their mother, Viviana Ruiz Ramírez, 42. Autopsy is pending.
Sheriff’s deputy Philip Campus, 35, was also fatally shot by Ramirez. Another deputy survived his gunshot wound.
Two women and two girls, believed to be acquaintances of the victims, managed to escape from the house safely.
Ruiz Ramirez filed a restraining order against Ramirez – effective June 3 – but officials did not disclose what prompted him to do so.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Monday that the shooting “has implications for law enforcement when it comes to domestic violence and how serious it is,” and, frankly, how a restraining order isn’t bulletproof. “
Stephanie Dazio. By
The Epoch Times