Monday, July 2, 2018

2nd UPDATE: Southbound 101 Reopened Near Willits, Homicide Suspect in Custody

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 6:28 PM

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2nd UPDATE:
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has identified the victims in Monday's shooting on U.S. Highway 101 and announced a suspect is in custody.

According to the sheriff's office press release, police arrested 23-year-old Ubaldo Ramirez at about 1:30 a.m. in Covelo on suspicion of fatally shooting his father, 51-year-old Calixto Ramirez, and critically wounding his brother, 30-year-old Miguel Ramirez in the shooting on U.S. Highway 101 near Willits on Monday afternoon.

See the full press release copied below our original post.

UPDATE:
U.S. Highway 101 reopened around midnight after being closed Monday afternoon due to an active homicide investigation.

According to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol officers were dispatched to an area north of Ukiah after receiving a report of a suspicious situation. Officers arrived to find a 2001 maroon Chevrolet Silverado pickup stopped in the southbound lanes and that both its occupants had been shot. One was declared dead at the scene and the other had "life threatening injuries" and was transported to an out of county hospital for treatment, according to the release.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office asks that anyone with information about the incident or who may have seen the Silverado prior call its tip line at 234-2100.

PREVIOUSLY:
Caltrans is reporting the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 are closed about 7 miles south of the State Route 20 junction in Mendocino due to "an active crime scene."

Traffic is currently being diverted at Ridgewood Ranch road near Willits onto Old Highway 101. The CHP incident page indicates signage to warn southbound drivers will be put up in Redway and an updated post at 6 p.m. indicates the highway will be closed "for a while."

Few details on the incident were available but the California Highway Patrol's incident page lists a fatality at 4:32 p.m., with an alert issued for a green Ford pickup truck with an older white male who could be a witness or a suspect.

Traffic is reported to be at a standstill on southbound lanes.

Tweet from Caltrans:
The SB lanes of U.S. 101 are closed about 2.5 miles north of Uva Drive in Redwood Valley due to an active crime scene. Caltrans crews are responding to set up traffic control to allow PASSENGER VEHICLES to get around the closure. Will reopen to all traffic when we can.

From the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office:

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives continued to investigate the shooting incident overnight and into 07-03-2018.

During this time, Sheriff’s Detectives identified Calixto Ramirez (51 years-old from Covelo, California) as the deceased adult male at the shooting scene.

The second adult male has been identified as being Miguel Ramirez (30 years-old from Covelo, California). Miguel Ramirez, who was transported to an out of county hospital by air ambulance remains in critical condition.

Calixto Ramirez and Miguel Ramirez have been identified as father and son.

During investigations, which included assistance from the public, the shooting suspect was identified by Sheriff’s Detectives as being Ubaldo Ramirez (23 year-old male from Covelo, California).

Ubaldo Ramirez is the son of Calixto Ramirez (deceased) and the younger brother of Miguel Ramirez (critical condition).

Thanks to assistance from the public, Ubaldo Ramirez was located on 07-03-2018 at approximately 1:30 AM in a parking lot in the 77800 block of Highway 162 in Covelo, California.

Ubaldo Ramirez was taken into custody without incident for the homicide of his father (Calixto Ramirez), and the attempted homicide of his brother (Miguel Ramirez).

Ubaldo Ramirez was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held without bail.

Specific details regarding the shooting are not being released at this time due to pending follow-up investigations by Sheriff’s Detectives.

Any persons with information about this incident, including anyone who might have seen Ubaldo Ramirez between the scene (MPM 35 on North Highway 101 in Willits, California) on 07-02-2018 and Covelo on 07-03-2018 are encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.

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