Attempted Murder Suspect Apprehended
Earlier today Morales was contacted by CHP in southern California and taken into custody. He is no longer being sought after by police.
Source: Santa Maria Police Department
On 11/14/20 at approximately 1525 hours, officers responded to the 200 Blk of E. Grant in response to a domestic disturbance. One of the responding officers saw a male subject who was known to be wanted for charges unrelated to the domestic disturbance. The officer attempted to detain the subject and a physical altercation ensued. During the altercation, the suspect pulled a handgun and shot at the officer. The officer was un-injured and did not discharge his firearm. The suspect then fled the area on foot and later stole a vehicle at gunpoint.
The suspect has been identified as Dustin Morales, 27 years of age, 5'6" tall with brown hair and green eyes. Morales is to be considered armed and dangerous and should not be contacted by the public. Morales is wanted for Attempted Homicide and Carjacking.
This investigation is ongoing, anyone with further information is urged to call 911, contact the Santa Maria Police Department Detective Bureau at 805-928-3781, or call the Tip Line at 805-928-3781 x2677.