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Santa Maria murder, kidnap suspect dead following shooting with LAPD

9-year-old Daniel was found safe

Santa Maria murder suspect dead...

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - An officer-involved shooting in Los Angeles County has left a murder suspect connected to an Amber Alert out of Santa Maria dead Tuesday night. 

48-year-old Konstantin Morozov was taken to the hospital in critical condition but police confirmed he died from his injuries during a press briefing.

The shooting occurred in Tarzana, California just before 7 p.m. The Santa Maria Police Department said it received a tip Tuesday morning that Morozov was in an apartment located in the 5500 block of Lindley Avenue in Tarzana/Encino.

"We had a variety of tips whether they were due to the Amber Alert of from folks just seeing cars or people looking that seem similar and talking to everyone involved--family members or otherwise. Because we were in Santa Maria, we couldn't get here [Tarzana/Encino] right away--so we passed it to the FBI," said Detective Andrew Brice with the Santa Maria Police Department.

The LAPD and FBI arrived to the apartment location and confirmed the father and son were indeed at that location, according to law enforcement officials. It's unclear how the confrontation between Morozov and police escalated to a situation that led to officers discharging their firearms.

Officials said the suspect's gun was recovered at the scene.

Morozov is accused of killing his ex-wife and kidnapping their 9-year-old son Daniel. Daniel was found safe, according to the California Highway Patrol, and is currently with Child Protective Services. Officials are looking for a responsible adult to take care of Daniel.

The Amber Alert was deactivated at about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Morozov and his son Daniel were last seen Monday night after the fatal shooting of Natalia Morozova at her apartment complex in Santa Maria.

Monitor here for further updates.


SECOND GETAWAY VEHICLE LOCATED IN SANTA BARBARA

Police located the Amber Alert black Jeep Cherokee with the California license plate number 7XZK698 in the City of Santa Barbara early Tuesday afternoon.

The vehicle was reportedly found unoccupied near the intersection of Lee and Maricopa Drive just off North La Cumbre Road.

We initially decided not to give the exact location of the vehicle out of safety concerns to law enforcement and our news crew at the scene, but the changing situation as of 2:55 p.m. has allowed us to provide more details on this investigation.

A resident who asked to remain anonymous told KEYT NewsChannel 3 Senior Reporter John Palminteri that his roommate alerted him to the presence of the vehicle in the neighborhood. When he went to investigate, the resident realized it was the vehicle wanted in the Amber Alert out of Santa Maria and immediately called authorities.

Another neighbor mentioned to our news crew that the suspect vehicle had parked in the neighborhood at about 2 a.m. and a man was seen climbing into another car. This neighbor did not mention whether a child was with the individual seen climbing into another car.

The black Jeep Cherokee was towed out of the area by law enforcement for further processing.

Both, 9-year-old Daniel and 48-year-old Konstantin Morozov remain missing. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.

The FBI is assisting in the investigation. The Santa Maria Police Department remains the lead agency in this case.


AUTHORITIES LOCATE FIRST GETAWAY CAR ABANDONED IN SANTA MARIA

Santa Maria police confirmed the 2015 blue Volkswagen Golf hatchback with California license plate number 7JGG242 was found abandoned in Santa Maria.

Daniel Morozov, 9, and Konstantin Morozov, 48, are still missing.

Police are now saying that both individuals are likely traveling in a black 2017 Jeep Cherokee with the California license plate number 7XZK698.

AN AMBER ALERT IS ACTIVATED FOLLOWING A MURDER IN SANTA MARIA

Law enforcement activated an Amber Alert for a 9-year-old boy abducted from Santa Maria late Monday night.

Konstantin Morozov, 48, is suspected of abducting 9-year-old Daniel Morozov. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Morozov is described as a White male adult with brown hair and brown eyes, about 6-feet tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds.

The suspect was last seen driving a 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Blue, Hatchback with California license plate number: 7JGG242

9-year-old Daniel is described as a white male child with brown hair and brown eyes. He is about 4-feet 5-inches tall and weighs approximately 90 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately. Santa Maria police said special attention should be given to international airports and border crossings.

Santa Maria police responded to a report of a deadly shooting on the 200 block of North College Drive at around 9 p.m. Monday. Authorities said the two incidents are related.


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