Yakima Police Arrest a Man Linked to Deadly Toppenish ShootingPosted: Updated:
The SWAT team was out in full force this afternoon. After almost four hours of surrounding a home on North 7th Street in Yakima, SWAT officers arrested a person of interest, a young man being linked to the death of 35-year-old Carmelo Ramirez.
SWAT teams starting surrounding 1103 South 7th street at noon today. They were looking for two Hispanic male suspects involved in the Toppenish shooting.
"Last night at about 8 o'clock the sheriffs office got a call of a shooting," said Chief Investigative Deputy Ed Campbell from the Yakima Sheriff's Office.
"It was a gun shot, it sounded like a balloon popping," said Phyllis Long, a Toppenish neighbor.
Police say Jesus Lozano and the other suspect broke into Carmelo's home.
"There was some kind of confrontation with the homeowner and they shot the homeowner," said Deputy Campbell.
Carmelo's wife and three children were all there at the time of the shooting.
"They did not witness everything but they were in the home at the time of the incident," said Deputy Campbell.
"I was scared to death," said Long.
Phyllis long lives next to the Ramirez family and says they've never caused any problems.
"Seems like a nice family, the kids are really nice," said Long.
Police say they have no reason to believe Carmelo Ramirez had any relation to gangs. SWAT teams were outside the home where they think Jesus Lozano could be staying. Neighbors say the homeowners had two guests visit the home late last night.
Officers have not released the name of the man arrested today. Yakima police officers have taking him into custody and will be handing him off to the Yakima Sheriff's Office. Officers are still investigating the shooting and still looking for the main suspect, a young Hispanic male between the ages of 15 and 20.