(KWCH) Seward County Attorney Russell Hasenbank says the 19-year-old man arrested in connection to a Tuesday evening deadly shooting in Liberal made his first court appearance Thursday morning.

Hasenbank says John Ramon, of Liberal, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and cruelty to animals in connection to the shooting in which a 24-year-old man was killed and a 29-year-old was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Ramon’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 9.

Shooting Investigation

On Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at about 7:20 pm, emergency responders were called to 1108 Krause Ct for a victim of a gun shot wound. Responding officers found two victims of gun shots at the scene, a 29 year old male and a 24 year old male. The 24 year old male was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 29 year old male was transported to Southwest Medical Center by EMS in serious condition. He was later flown to Wichita for additional treatment.

A citizen provided a tip of a 19 year old male being involved in the incident. The 19 year old was located and has been taken into custody without incident at a residence in the 100 block of W. Curtis. An affidavit will be submitted to the Seward County Attorney seeking formal charges.

At this time, names are not being released. The investigation is ongoing. The Kansas Bureu of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.

At 4:32 pm Thursday, Liberal firefighters were called to 406 N. Prospect for a possible structure fire.  Initial reports indicated that heavy smoke was seen coming from the roof of the residence, and fire personnel responding noted smoke in the area several blocks away from the address.

First arriving fire personnel reported a “working” structure fire with unknown occupants, heavy smoke from the roof and fire visible on the North side eaves.  Shortly after fire department arrival, personnel of the Liberal / Seward County Emergency Communications Center advised they were in phone contact with a person inside the residence who was attempting to evacuate.  One male occupant was able to leave the residence with no injury.

The fire was determined to be located on the second floor and firefighters were able to reach the top of the stairs, where they encountered dense smoke, but no fire.  Using thermal imaging cameras they reported readings of nearly 1200 degrees at ceiling level.  Firefighters began opening ceilings and walls to locate the fire, however the fire quickly burned through the roof and the building suffered a partial collapse.  At this point all fire personnel were withdrawn from the building and a defensive attack was initiated in an attempt to control the fire.  It was quickly evident that the fire had burned for some time and had spread throughout the entire attic area outside the walls of the upstairs rooms. The attic was further compartmented making it difficult to access the fire from any one vantage point.

Firefighters were hampered by several areas of weakened roof and partially collapsed areas.  They also battled below freezing temperatures that led to icing and extremely slick conditions on roof areas and ladders.  The fire was finally declared under control at 7:39 pm.

The Liberal Fire Department responded with a total of 21 personnel.  Also assisting at the scene were Liberal Police Department & Water Department, Seward County EMS, Southern Pioneer Electric, Black Hills Energy and American Red Cross.  No injuries were reported.  All units were fully returned to service at 11:00 pm.

Residential Fire – 609 N. Washington  At 6:07 pm Thursday December 8th, Liberal firefighters were called to 609 N. Washington at the request of residents of that address to investigate a fire that had occurred and was already believed to be extinguished.

Firefighters were led to the area of origin and began investigating and ensuring the fire was completely extinguished.  The fire had originated in the wall space and no additional burning was found in that immediate area.  However, in the process of removing burned insulation, smoke was noted issuing from the eaves of the home and a large amount of fire was discovered to be burning undetected in the attic space.  The fire was quickly extinguished and firefighters spent a considerable amount of time locating and extinguishing smoldering material in void spaces.

This fire is believed to be accidental and was likely caused by an electrical malfunction.  The Liberal Fire Department responded with a total of 20 personnel after the initial investigative response.  Also assisting at the scene were Liberal Police Department & Water Department, Seward County EMS, Southern Pioneer Electric, Black Hills Energy and American Red Cross.  One firefighter was treated and released for smoke inhalation. No civilian injuries were reported.  All units were fully returned to service at 8:47 pm.

  On 11-30-2016, Sergeant M. Vance of the Seward County Sheriff’s Office received intel from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on westbound Interstate 80 near mm 369. Sergeant Vance was informed that the passenger in the vehicle was a wanted Federal fugitive who had been convicted of possession and distribution of twenty Kilos of cocaine. Sergeant Vance also learned that the male fugitive, Jesus Ramon Buena-Peregina, 39 of Arizona was a lieutenant in the Sinaloa Drug Cartel. Buena-Peregina was previously deported for prior felonies and returned to the United States to commit another felony drug crime of possession with intent to deliver Cocaine. Due to this crime has an active Federal warrant and had been sought for four(4) years.

The female driver Vanessa Esmeralda Lopez-Pena, 27 of Arizona attempted to conceal the passenger’s identity to avoid his arrest. Sergeant Vance was assisted by Deputy L. Johnson and Deputies J. Mayo and J. Henkel of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

The passport and ID’s found on Buena-Peregina were determined to be fake documents obtained by the fugitive. Federal Authorities were notified of the arrest at which time the US Marshal Service placed a hold on the fugitive for the active arrest warrant.

The female driver has been charged with Accessory to a Felony and is being held in the Seward County Jail awaiting bond.