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Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Identifies 27-Year-Old Rohnert Park Man as Victim of Bell Springs Homicide

Helicopter at the scene of today’s shooting on Bell Springs Road. [Photos by Jacob Whitney]

A press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of last week’s homicide on Bell Springs Road as Edgar Alejandro Becerra-Almaraz, a 27-year-old Rohnert Park man.

The press release stated, “Next of kin notification has been completed and follow-up investigations are still ongoing by Sheriff’s Detectives at this time.”

Oscar Alvarez Ruiz [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

Four days ago MCSO identified another Rohnert Park man, Oscar Alvarez Ruiz, as a suspect in the murder of Becerra-Almaraz. He was booked for charges of murder in the Mendocino County jail.

In the early morning of July 23, 2021, shots were reported near the 59000 block of Bell Springs Road and a neighbor, checking out the situation, found Becerra-Almaraz dead. MCSO’s Captain Greg Van Patten told us Ruiz was taken into custody after a land and air search of the property. A helicopter crew was able to successfully spot Ruiz from the air and hold him at gun point until ground forces converged on his location. The search for Ruiz also resulted in an deputy being injured.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs told.

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