September 2, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have identified a suspect in
the slaying of a high-ranking member of the Hells Angels who was
shot and killed at a funeral for another member in northern
San Jose police say Steven Ruiz, also a member of the motorcycle
gang, shot and killed 52-year-old Steve Tausan on Saturday during a
fight at the funeral for Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew. Pettigrew was shot to death at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks. About 3,000 people attended the ceremony at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
On Tuesday, police said Ruiz was fighting with a member of the
gang when he was knocked to the ground. Tausan apparently became involved and Ruiz drew a handgun and shot Tausan.
Ruiz is now missing. Investigators say they dug up Pettigrew's
grave to see if Ruiz may have been killed and buried there, but
didn't find anything.
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