UPDATE, 7/7/18 -- A GoFundMe fundraising campaign has been started to pay for the funerals of Calixto Ramirez, 50, and Miguel Ramirez, 30, a father and son who were allegedly killed by their son and brother, Ubaldo Ramirez. Though not confirmed by official channels, information from the community indicates that Miguel did not make it, even after being transported out of county for medical treatment, and succumbed to the gunshot wounds.
MENDOCINO Co., 7/3/18 -- A suspect has been caught in the shooting and homicide that occurred, yesterday afternoon, on the Ridgewood Grade portion of US Route 101. A father and son, Calixto Ramirez, 50, and Miguel Ramirez, 30, were the victims -- Calixto died on the Ridgewood Grade and Miguel was airlifted to an out of county hospital, where he remains in critical condition. The main suspect, who has been booked into Mendocino County Jail on charges of homicide and attempted homicide, is Ubaldo Ramirez Davilla, 23, Calixto's son and Miguel's brother. The family is from Covelo.
Ubaldo Ramirez was arrested at around 1:30 a.m. today, at a parking lot in Covelo, according to a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office this morning.
The shooting occurred at around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, in the southbound lanes of the 101, and when law enforcement arrived on the scene they found Calixto and Miguel Ramirez in their maroon 2001 Chevy Silverado. Calixto was already dead, and Miguel was taken to an out of county hospital by air ambulance, with the helicopter landing right on the 101.
The southbound lanes of the 101 were then closed for about six hours (read more here) to conduct an investigation, and a manhunt began which ended quickly with Ubaldo's arrest in Covelo.
The MCSO also sent out robo-text this morning saying:
THIS IS THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE THE HOMICIDE SUSPECT HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS IN CUSTODY, THE SHERIFF WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL CITIZENS FOR YOUR CALLS AND REPORTS IN THIS MATTER
Here is the full press release issued by the MCSO:
DATE: "July 3, 2018"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Incident Number:2018-18803Crime/Incident:187 PC (Homicide)664/187 PC (Attempted Homicide)
Approximate Mile Post Marker 35 on North Highway 101 in Willits, California
Date of Incident:07-02-2018Time:4:30 PMVictim(s):Calixto Ramirez (51 years-old male from Covelo, CA)Miguel Ramirez (30 year-old male from Covelo, CA)
Suspect(s):Ubaldo Ramirez Davilla (23 year-old male from Covelo, CA)
Written By:Captain Gregory L. Van Patten #1184
UPDATE 187 PC (HOMICIDE)******************** *****
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.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE*********************** **
On 07-02-2018 at approximately 4:41 PM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and Officers from the California Highway Patrol where dispatched to a suspicious situation in the area of Mile Post Marker 35 on North Highway 101 south of Golden Rule.
Initial reports suggested a vehicle had been involved in a traffic collision and that an occupant was suffering from a gunshot wound.
Law enforcement personnel arrived and located a 2001 maroon Chevrolet Silverado 4-door pickup truck stopped in the southbound traffic lanes of North Highway 101.
Inside the pickup truck were two adult male occupants suffering from obvious gunshot wounds (undetermined amount at this time). One occupant was determined to be deceased and the other occupant suffered from a life threatening injury requiring him to be transported to an out of county hospital for medical treatment.
Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives were summoned to the scene and have assumed investigative jurisdiction into the incident with assistance from the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Justice and Mendocino County District Attorney's Office.
Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives are actively conducting investigations and more information will be released at a later date by press release as information becomes available.
Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting incident or the pickup truck prior to or after the shooting is urged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.
Approved by:Captain Gregory L. Van Patten #1184