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Bakersfield Police arrest suspect wanted for south Bakersfield murder, suspect turned himself in

Posted at 12:31 AM, May 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 11:27:20-04

The Bakersfield Police Department has announced the arrest of Javier Saucedo who was wanted in connection to the deadly shooting in south Bakersfield over the weekend. 

Police said an arrest warrant had been issued and Saucedo turned himself him Tuesday evening. 

According to police officers responded to shots fired in the area of Ginger Snap Lane and Star Gaze Drive around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night. 

When officers arrived they found a man in the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

On Monday, the Kern County Coroner's Office identified the victim of the shooting as Edgar Eduardo Barajas Ruiz, 34.  

Police said their investigation determined Ruiz had been in an altercation earlier Saturday evening. 

Police also said they believed the victim and suspect are acquaintances. 

BPD said they issued an arrest warrant for  Saucedo for murder, weapons violations, and shooting from a moving vehicle.

On Monday, Saucedo's attorney contacted Bakersfield Police to facilitate Saucedo's safe surrender, according to BPD. 

On Tuesday night around 5:20 p.m. police said Saucedo went to BPD headquarters in downtown Bakersfield where he was taken into custody without incident and booked for his warrant. 

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this investigation, you're asked to contact BPD at 327-7111.