Sheriff’s deputies and Morgan Hill police chased down three suspects—including a juvenile—and arrested them for firearms violations after someone reported shots fired in rural area west of town, according to authorities.
About 10:30pm June 8, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies received a call from a resident who heard several gunshots in the area of Oak Glen Avenue in unincorporated Morgan Hill, according to a Facebook post on the sheriff’s page. The resident also told police he or she saw a vehicle driving away with its headlights off.
A sheriff’s sergeant checked the area and saw a vehicle speeding away from the scene, authorities said. The sergeant attempted to stop the vehicle, though the driver initially refused to stop.
A short vehicle pursuit occurred before the suspects’ vehicle spun out of control and struck a curb, according to authorities. Two of the three occupants ran away from the vehicle, and the third suspect was immediately taken into custody.
Morgan Hill police officers assisted and found the other two fleeing suspects hiding in nearby bushes, police said.
The suspects were later identified as Fili Alfaro, 18, Daniel Villarreal, 18, and a 17-year-old, police said. The younger suspect’s name was not released because he is a juvenile.
Upon searching the vehicle, deputies found a loaded handgun, assault rifle and ammunition inside, according to the sheriff’s post. Alfaro and Villarreal were booked at Santa Clara County Jail. The 17-year-old was booked at juvenile hall. All three are suspected of multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.