STOCKTON (CBS13) — Stockton and San Jose law enforcement officers are at the scene of a standoff in French Camp in an attempt to apprehend a suspect neighbors believe is connected to a murder at a Hells Angels funeral last week.
The Stockton Police Department confirmed they are backing up Bay Area officers near the intersection of McDougald Boulevard and Ishi Goto Street, which has been closed off after a suspect refused to exit a home.
Authorities have not released details about the nature of the standoff and have not identified the suspect involved.
The San Jose Police Department said they are searching for 38-year-old Steve Ruiz in connection with the deadly shooting of 52-year-old Steve Tausan at a funeral for a fellow Hells Angel, Jethro Pettigrew.
Ruiz and Tausan fought just before the shooting, authorities said. Investigators initially speculated that Ruiz may have been kidnapped or killed by other members of the motorcycle gang after the October 15 shooting but later announced that they knew Ruiz is still alive and actively evading authorities.
Pettigrew was killed in late September in a shootout between biker gangs in Sparks, Nevada. San Francisco police arrested 53-year-old Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, an alleged member of the Vagos biker gang, a few days later.