Man killed by rangers in Big Sur suspected in fatal shooting

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot to death by state park police on a remote trail in Big Sur over the weekend was the suspect in a recent fatal shooting on a San Francisco Bay Area highway.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports authorities said Thursday a park officer at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park shot 26-year-old Kevin Alaniz Saturday as officers responded to reports that a wild-eyed man was yelling and shooting at hikers.

The California Highway Patrol last week identified Alaniz as the suspect in a fatal car-to-car shooting June 17 on northbound Interstate 680 in Milpitas. Matthew Rios was killed in the shooting and an arrest warrant for homicide was issued for Alaniz.

Official says that when officers were sent to investigate reports of a man shooting at hikers they had no idea Alaniz had been hiding in Big Sur.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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