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Two arrested in 2016 shooting that targeted Woodland police officers

An unidentified man washes blood from the front steps of a Woodland mobile home Aug. 31, 2016, after a man was stabbed to death in the area the night before. Woodland police said they were shot at while investigating the homicide.
An unidentified man washes blood from the front steps of a Woodland mobile home Aug. 31, 2016, after a man was stabbed to death in the area the night before. Woodland police said they were shot at while investigating the homicide. Sacramento Bee file

The Woodland Police Department on Thursday announced the arrest of two men in connection with a 2016 shooting that police said nearly killed four of the department’s officers.

One of the men arrested in that case, Christian Rizo, 20, was already in jail for the June 29, 2016, killing of Woodland resident Arnulfo Bermudez, 31, a previous department press release said. A jury found Rizo guilty in that case earlier this month.

Rizo was taken into custody on Sept. 26 and was described by the Woodland Police Department as a validated Norteño gang member at the time.

Police believe the same man played a role in firing rounds at the department's officers and detectives on Aug. 31, 2016, as they were investigating a fatal stabbing at the city’s Casa Del Sol mobile home park. Prashneet Singh, 20, who was identified as a second suspect in the case, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, the Woodland police arrest log shows.

Police said they were shot at as they were looking into the fatal stabbing of Ronald Antonio, 41, the day before. They reported hearing a vehicle drive by on a neighboring street, someone shouting derogatory remarks at the officers and then bullets coming at them.

A bullet landed on the driver’s side door of one patrol vehicle before the suspect car drove away.

Both men face four counts of attempted homicide and various gang enhancements and are being held at the Yolo County jail, police said.

Rizo is scheduled to appear at a sentencing hearing on July 20 for the Bermudez shooting, a Yolo County District Attorney's Office press release said.

Four people were initially arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of Antonio. Two men, Justin Gonzalez and Alexis Velazquez, were convicted in the incident in February.

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