Attempted murder suspect holed up in Imperial Beach

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IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. – A fugitive task force surrounded an Imperial Beach house Thursday where an attempted murder suspect was hiding, deputies said.

Regional Fugitive Task Force surrounded the home on the 300 block of Elkwood Avenue around 6:15 p.m. where 34-year-old Ramiro Espinoza, one of San Diego Sheriff’s Department’s most wanted men, had allegedly barricaded himself, a detective told Fox5.

Imperial-Beach-SwatSheriff’s Department received a tip that Espinoza, who is accused of attempting to murder his former girlfriend in May, was in the area.

Authorities responding to the tip attempted to arrest the suspect, when shots were fired, officials said.  It was unknown if the suspect or law enforcement fired their weapon.

Streets around the house where the suspect was allegedly holed up were blocked as SWAT surrounded the property.  Residents in homes near the property were told to stay put.

“We saw the helicopters, thought it was excitement, then we heard gunshots,” said Jake Skuze, Imperial Beach resident. “We hit the ground. My niece was really frightened.”

Residents evacuated in the Imperial Beach area were able to go to Mar Vista High School.


  • Ramona

    The media will be briefed in the parking lot of the nearby school. Rumor has it the guy was on America's Most Wanted. He's 5'5", 150 lbs and still on the loose. Shots were fired and with homicide detectives involved ??
    Well … get down there and tell us what's going on!

  • Glenn

    I hope this guy can eliminate at least 1 cop before going to prison for the rest of his life
    imperial beach police are extremely rude and use intimidation on the people of imperial beach
    the imperial beach police dept deserve what happened today

  • Dirty Dee

    I heard he was jumping from one yard to the next to escape and the homes were being evacuated/

  • Joe Mahma

    You know, I read a whole lot of ignorant and incredibly stupid comments on these sites, but Glenn, yours might be the most idiotic thing I've ever read. You must be a completely worthless DIRTbag. I hope local law enforcement, or maybe even the feds, can ping your location, find out who you are, and make your life a living hell for the rest of your soon-to-be-terminated DIRT bag existence….Maggot

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