watsonville police shooting investigation
Watsonville Police Sgt. Jarrod Pisturino (right), Capitola Police officer Aron Quolas and his K9, Dante, converse after finding a gun and ammunition clip off of Bronte Avenue with Dante's aid. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Two suspects were detained Tuesday in Watsonville on suspicion of firing off a string of shots from a gun into a car.

Watsonville Police said the incident unfolded at the corner of Bridge and Secoya streets in the Vista Montaña housing complex around 2:30pm.

Multiple witnesses reported numerous shots fired from a dark colored Subaru Outback at a Honda Accord in an otherwise quiet neighborhood. 

Both vehicles quickly sped off, but thanks to a witness, police managed to track the suspect’s Subaru to the corner of Bronte Avenue and Delta Way where two suspects ditched the vehicle and took off on foot through an agricultural field behind a string of homes in the Pajaro Village senior housing area.

Meanwhile, Watsonville Police, aided by Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies and Capitola Police, located the victim’s Honda parked on Bridge Street near the Watsonville Buddhist Temple. There, police combed the car for evidence where at least eight bullet holes were found, three of which shattered the windshield and passenger window. 

That’s when Capitola Police officer Aron Quloas and his K9 dog, Dante, arrived on the 700 block of Bronte Avenue where the suspects abandoned their Subaru.

WPD Sgt. Jarrod Pisturino said K9 Dante quickly picked up a track and helped police find a handgun and an ammunition magazine ditched behind some homes on the 700 block of Bronte Avenue. Around that time police caught up with the two male suspects along the Salsipuedes Creek levee and stopped them at gunpoint. They were detained without incident.

The incident is still under investigation. No names were released and no injuries were reported.

watsonville police shooting investigation
Watsonville Police officer Sergio Bañuelos deals with the victim’s Honda Accord with bullet holes visible in the windshield and passenger window on Bridge Street near Blackburn Street. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian
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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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