Cordero said at this time, Ruiz has not been charged with the Santa Paula homicide but the homicide investigation will be forwarded to the Ventura County District Attorney’s office for review.
It is expected Ruiz will be charged next week with four counts of attempted murder of a peace officer in connection with the rifle shot that narrowly missed the deputies.
Ruiz was one of four fugitives wanted for three homicides that were pictured on a reward poster issued by Santa Paula Police.
According to Santa Paula Police Chief Steve McLean, “The reason Omar Ruiz was caught is the same reason the others were caught.... these detectives, Santa Paula Police and Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators, were relentless in their pursuit of Omar. They go on the run, get careless and get caught.”
In mid-September an Oxnard gang member Andres Rene Rodriguez, 28, was arrested after being detained by Mexican authorities.
Rodriguez is suspected of shooting Angela Bryant, 33, of Santa Paula, and killing her on July 17.
His alleged accomplice-pictured on the same reward poster-was also captured but later exonerated of being involved in Bryant’s murder.
Said McLean, “Omar was caught because of dogmatic, good old-fashioned detective work by Santa Paula detectives and the Ventura County Sheriff’s crime suppression unit.”
Also Thursday, Franky Magana, 27, of Santa Paula appeared in court.
Magana was arrested on suspicion of the gang-related shooting of Virto shortly after it occurred.
When responding officers found Virto with multiple gunshot wounds at about 8:55 p.m. residents told police a vehicle had fled the area after the shots were fired.
Police located the car and gave chase and during the pursuit guns were thrown from the vehicle.
When the car stopped Magana jumped out and ran but was apprehended by SPPD Police, who recovered three firearms in the vehicle. Investigators suspect there might be a third person involved in the crime.
Magana was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm, street terrorism and resisting a police officer.