Attempted murder suspect holed up in Imperial Beach

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.