.Man Found Dead in Santa Cruz Mountains from Gunshot Wound

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man on Laurel Road off of Highway 17. They are treating it as a homicide.

Deputies were alerted to reports of a man with a gun on the 17000 block of Laurel Road and Highway 17 around 8pm Sunday, June 14, according to Ashley Keehn, public information officer for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Once in the area, deputies found an unresponsive man with a gunshot wound who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was a 28-year-old San Jose resident. His identification is pending family notification, Keehn said.

The Sheriff’s Office is looking for two witnesses that are believed to be women in their 40s who were in the area at the time of the crime.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Daniel Robbins at 831-454-7635.

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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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