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Thursday, Nov 07 2013 06:53 PM

Audio released of Ridgecrest shooting spree start

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    By Theo Douglas/ The Californian

    A bloody door and a broken window are evidence of a crime Ridgecrest police say occurred at this house in the 500 block of West Atkins Avenue in Ridgecrest Oct. 25, when, according to police, suspect Sergio Munoz shot two people.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Ridgecrest Police have released an audio recording of the Oct. 25 early morning shooting that precipitated a deadly car chase and shootout that ended with two people dead, including the gunman.

The audio begins with a 911 call at 5:27 a.m. from a woman who lives in an apartment at 521 W. Atkins Ave. in Ridgecrest. She tells the dispatcher she hears shots being fired next door.

Simultaneously, a second call comes from Thaddeus Meier after he and his girlfriend, Brittany Matheny, had been shot in their West Atkins Avenue apartment, allegedly by Sergio A. Munoz.

Meier, who'd been shot with a handgun, pleads for help for Matheny, who police say died from a shotgun blast.

Munoz, 39, would eventually lead officers from three agencies on a 40-mile high-speed chase south on Highway 395 while shooting at authorities, other drivers and two hostages he had in the trunk of his car.

He was later killed by authorities.