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Suspect identified in police chase that ended in apartment arson

Posted at 3:09 PM, Nov 28, 2018

UPDATE (11/29/18) – The Santa Maria Police Department has issued a correction to the information released Wednesday regarding the suspect’s identity. Police now say the man’s full name is Jovan Evan Davis.


The Santa Maria Police Department has released the name of the suspect involved in a Tuesday night chase with law enforcement that ended in an arson fire.

Officers said Wednesday that Evan Davis, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene of an arson fire at 610 Sunset Drive in Santa Maria. Davis was reportedly from Santa Maria. A woman was also found on scene and taken to the hospital, though her name and condition are not known to police officers.

The cause of Davis’ death has yet to be determined.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed that a fire at the apartment complex was the culmination of a chase that began earlier on Tuesday.

The Santa Maria Police Department is investigating the arson and Davis’ death.

The Santa Maria Fire Department says the fire caused $500,000 in damage. Two firefighters were reportedly injured while battling the fire.

The Red Cross is reportedly helping ten people in the building who are now displaced.