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Deputies identify woman shot, killed in Alpine neighborhood

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 19:13:32-05

ALPINE, Calif. (KGTV) -- The woman authorities say was shot and killed in an Alpine neighborhood Saturday has been identified.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Melanie Benitez, 27, was shot on the 2800 block of North Victoria Drive around 2 p.m.

The department also identified the suspect in the case as Paul Paraschak, 42. Deputies say Benitez and Paraschak were dating and lived together in Alpine.

An area resident heard a scream and called 911 around 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Benitez’s body was found in the passenger seat of a car in front of a neighbor’s driveway.

Deputies detained Paraschak on foot about a half mile away with two hand guns, said Lt. Rich Williams, San Diego County Sheriff's Homicide Unit.

Paraschak was arrested for one count of murder and booked into the San Diego Central Jail, where he is being held without bail.