CONNELL, Wash. - A statewide search continues for a man suspected of shooting and killing his ex-wife's boyfriend in Connell.
40-year-old Julio Cesar Hernandez began Thursday night. An 'attempt to locate' was sent out to law enforcement across Washington state. It all started at the Pioneer Park Apartments.
"Out of nowhere we hear like a hard noise. We thought something fell because right after we heard a baby or some little kids crying or something," said neighbor Misael Lopez.
That was around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Lopez lives in the same building where the man was killed.
"We heard another loud noise and I thought, oh that's gunshots. So I stand up and that's when some lady came out screaming oh he took my kids," Lopez said.
"Officers and ambulance personnel responded when they got to the scene they found a 30-year-old hispanic male who apparently had been the victim of gunshots. He was deceased upon the arrival of the ambulance crews and the officers at that time," said Connell Police Chief Mike Kessler.
Connell Police said the man who was shot, 30-year-old Saul Ramos Arrazate, was dating and living with his suspected killer's ex-wife. Initial reports said Hernandez had kidnapped two minors. They turned out to be his daughters and he later dropped them off with family in Othello. They have since been reunited with their mother.
Othello is the last place where Hernandez was seen.
"There's still an attempt to locate out for Mr. Hernandez. He has not been located," Kessler said.
Connell Police are working with law enforcement agencies and the public in hopes of finding Hernandez. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.
"Call 911, get ah old of local police or sheriff's departments and let them know that they've seen Mr. Hernandez, where he might be found. Don't attempt to contact him," Kessler said.
Hernandez was last seen driving an older black Mustang with Washington plates.