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UPDATE: Lompoc murder suspect taken into custody after police serve arrest warrant in Santa Maria

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Posted at 2:22 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 01:33:16-04

UPDATE (8:28 p.m.) - Santa Maria Fire tweeted that the standoff is over at 8:11 p.m. The Santa Maria Police Department worked with the Lompoc Police Department and Santa Barbara Sheriffs, along with Santa Maria Fire Department assisting, according to the tweet.

UPDATE (7:41 p.m.) - Morales has been taken into custody, officials say.


UPDATE (5:47 p.m.) - A motorized robot was being used in the search for the suspect Friday evening. Two helicopters were also in the area. The incident remained ongoing as of 5:47 p.m.

UPDATE (3:36 p.m.) - Police confirm to KSBY news the murder suspect they are looking for is Walter Morales, the suspect in the shooting death of an Army solider in Lompoc last year.

Lompoc police say they believe Morales is inside the home on South Thornburg, but add it could be some time before the arrest warrant is served.

Santa Maria police are handling the serving of the warrant since it's taking place in their city.

KSBY will have live updates on KSBY News at 5 and 6.

ORIGINAL STORY: Some Santa Maria streets were blocked off Friday while an arrest warrant was being served for a murder suspect, police confirmed to KSBY News.

Police and fire were staged at the Minami Center as of 2:15 p.m. while the warrant was being served on the 1500 block of South Thornburg.

The road was blocked off from Enos to Battles.

No other information was being released.

As of 2:20 p.m., it did not appear the suspect had been taken into custody.

KSBY has a crew at the scene and will update this story as information becomes available.