2019 Sep 17, 8:31am
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A 25-year-old Santa Maria man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of an Army soldier who was shot and killed in Lompoc on Sept. 8, but a second suspect remains on the loose, the Lompoc Police Department announced Thursday.Francisco Gutierrez-Ortega turned himself in around 8 a.m. Thursday to the Santa Maria Police Department, which was assisting the Lompoc Police Department on the case. Lompoc police are asking for help from the public to locate the second suspect, 24-year-old Walter Alexander Morales Jr.Gutierrez-Ortega and Morales Jr. are suspected by Lompoc police of being involved in the death of 22-year-old Marlon Brumfield, who was shot and killed around 2 a.m. Sept. 8 while walking along North A Street near Ocean Avenue. Brumfield was back in his hometown while on leave from Germany with the Army.
There had been some speculation online that there was a racial element to the killing of Brumfield, who was black. Mariani said he had no evidence of that being the case.