Seatac murder suspect caught in California following standoff

SEATTLE --  Police in Taft, CA have taken a man into custody wanted for murder in King County.

Just before noon on Saturday, Taft police received information from the King County Sheriff’s Department that murder suspect Robert Studer might be at an address in Taft.

Taft police along with the Kern County Sheriff’s department began surveillance and observed the suspect’s vehicle behind a business at 407 Center Street.

When they tried to make contact with the suspect he did not respond, and the Kern County SWAT team, bomb squad and the Bakersfield Police Crisis Negotiation Team was called to the scene.

After several hours and no response from the suspect, The SWAT team sent in a robot. Studer was found lying on a bed and was taken into custody without incident. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment for personal related illnesses and did not sustain injuries during capture.

King County detectives are on their way to Taft to assist with the investigation.

King Co detectives were looking for Studer in the shooting death of his 42-year-old nephew in Seatac on Thursday.  The nephew was found inside a business with apparent gunshot wounds to the head.

After medical treatment Studer will be booked in the Kern County Sheriff’s Department and held pending extradition to King County.