The last homicide of the year also involved a gun:
Juan Manuel Bautista Banda, 22, died after being shot in the back of his head through the rear windshield of his SUV on December 22 at about 1:20 a.m. near Ruben’s Bar, located on the 1400 block of East Harvard Boulevard.
Arrested later that morning at a friend’s North 14th Street home was Jesus Montejo Cardoso, 29, of Santa Paula.
Cardoso and Banda, both Mexican nationals who worked in the agricultural industry, allegedly were involved in a long-running feud.
A Santa Paula man was arrested Sunday in connection to a shooting that left a man dead near a bar, police said.
Juan Manuel Bautista Banda, 22, was found Sunday in a home in the 300 block of North 14th Street and taken into custody by police, according to a news release.
Officers responding to a report that someone was brandishing a weapon in the 200 block of South Garcia Street about 1:20 a.m. Sunday found a vehicle had rear-ended a parked vehicle.
The male driver of the vehicle that hit the parked vehicle had been shot, said Lt. Ish Cordero. Paramedics were called to the scene and determined that the driver had died. He had been shot once in the head, police said.
The location is near Ruben’s Lounge in the 1200 block of East Harvard Boulevard.