JCSO searching for homicide suspect after Ruch shooting

RUCH, Ore.– The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a murder suspect connected to a shooting in Ruch.

JCSO said the homicide happened at a marijuana processing facility on Monday.

Now, the sheriff’s office is looking for 38 year-old Jose “Alfredo” Sotelo-Palma.

JCSO describes Sotelo-Palma as 5-feet-11 inches tall and slender with black hair and brown eyes.

The sheriff’s office believes he has connections to a Mexican drug cartel.

JCSO’s Aaron Lewis said, “at this time, we do not believe the suspect is a danger to the general public, although heĀ  is considered armed and dangerous, so if you see the suspect do not approach him. Instead, call 911 right away.”

Sotelo-Palma is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of menacing.

The sheriff’s office said they are searching a very broad area and they are working with law enforcement agencies from outside the state.

The victim of the homicide is 31 year-old Luis Ayala-Zavala of Jacksonville

JCSO said they will provide more information when it becomes available.

NBC5 News reporter Derek Strom is from Renton, Washington. He recently graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University with a degree in Broadcast News and a minor in Sports Management. He played in the drumline with the WSU marching band. These days, he plays the guitar and piano. Derek is a devoted fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Kraken.
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