Man charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder after shooting through front door

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EDITOR’S NOTE – The original headline for this story stated, “Man charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder after shooting at deputies.” We have corrected the headline.

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A 21-year-old old male is in custody and facing multiple charges, including attempted 2nd-degree murder and aggravated child endangerment, after an early morning incident.

Just before 1 a.m. on Thursday morning the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office went to the 400 block of West 9th Street in Auburn. Cristofer Paz-Ruiz, 21, known to the victims, arrived at the residence and shot
multiple gunshots through the front door prior to leaving the scene. The victim then called 911 for help. The suspect left the scene before deputies arrived.

Inside the home during the shooting were two adults and a one-year-old child.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed this was a “domestic incident.”

At approximately 2:30 am, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a gray 2008 Nissan Altima in the 2000 block of SW Topeka Boulevard. Paz-Ruiz (21) of Topeka, was taken into custody.

The incident is under investigation according to the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office.

Paz-Ruiz was booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections and charged with:

  • aggravated endangering a child; reckless situation
  • aggravated assault; use of a deadly weapon
  • attempted 2nd-degree murder
  • criminal discharge of firearm; recklessly at occupied dwelling

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