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Aptos shooting suspect in custody following hours long standoff

UPDATE: 8/16/2018 12:44 p.m. An Aptos shooting suspect was arrested Thursday following an hours long standoff with deputies.

The shooting occurred in the 100 block of Santa Cruz Avenue around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The suspect, 57-year-old Ralph Millar allegedly broke into his neighbors home and shot at her and another woman.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies were able to get both victims out of the home.

One woman was shot and flown to a trauma center where she remains in stable condition. The other woman was injured but treated and released.

The sheriff’s office said Millar returned to his home after the shooting and refused to surrender. Neighbors in the area were evacuated from their homes.

Millar was in a standoff with authorities for more than 15 hours.

Crisis negotiators were in contact with Millar throughout the night.

“Detectives continue to investigate the reasons leading to the shooting; early information points to a misunderstanding or dispute involving one of the victims that began in late June,” said Undersheriff Craig Wilson.

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8/16/18 8:00 a.m. Law enforcement officers still attempting to convince a suspected gunman to turn himself in. The stand-off has reached well beyond the 10-hour mark.

The intersection of El Camina Del Mar and Santa Cruz Avenue are still shut down in Aptos as investigators continue to persuade the suspect out of the building he barricaded himself into.

Through traffic is not allowed at this time and those residents whose vehicles are located in the perimeter of the investigation will only be allowed access to their vehicles on a case by case basis.

This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

UPDATE 8/15/18 8:20 p.m. Two people have been shot and a suspect is barricaded inside a home in Aptos, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.

It all started at 5:14 p.m. in the Seacliff area.

The Sheriff’s Office said they believe the suspect is holed up inside a home on the 100 block of Santa Cruz Avenue. Officers have made contact with the man and are trying to convince him to come out.

Both of the victims are in fairly stable condition.

Santa Cruz Police are on scene and the fire department is standing by.

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The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Aptos.

According to the California Highway Patrol, there may be two suspects involved.

The CHP is helping set up a perimeter at the scene at Santa Cruz Avenue in the Seacliff area.

This story is developing and it will be updated.

KION546 News Team

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