Arraignment for San Diego County fugitive Ramiro Espinoza

Espinoza arrested following standoff in IB

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A man who was one of San Diego County's top 10 most wanted fugitives and who was arrested following a lengthy SWAT standoff in Imperial Beach is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on a slew of charges, including attempted murder.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Ramiro Espinoza, 34, has a history of narcotics and domestic violence but was most recently wanted for the May 24 shooting of his ex-girlfriend in the San Ysidro area.

Espinoza is accused of shooting his 28-year-old ex in the head, neck and chest at her home in the 1800 block of Smythe Avenue while her 4-year-old child was present. The victim was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive, authorities said. Her child was not hurt.

Espinoza is scheduled to be arraigned at the South Bay Courthouse Monday afternoon on numerous felony charges, including attempted murder, domestic violence, assault with a firearm, child cruelty and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was taken into custody in the 300 block of Elkwood Avenue about 1:15 a.m. Friday following a standoff of about eight hours.

The incident began about 5:10 p.m. Thursday when a deputy responding to a report of gunfire in the area approached Espinoza and he allegedly jumped over a fence and took off running. San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told reporters that shots were fired by someone other than law enforcement, but they were unsure who pulled the trigger.

Deputies set up a perimeter in an area that included about two dozen homes, which were evacuated and searched one by one, Caldwell said.

Displaced residents were invited to go to nearby Mar Vista High School, where the Red Cross set up a temporary shelter, complete with food, water and beds for the night.
 

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