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Imperial Beach Standoff Ends in Arrest of San Diego Most Wanted Man

By Ken Mandel   |   Friday, 26 Jul 2013 03:42 PM

A standoff in Imperial Beach led to the arrest one of San Diego County's Top 10 most wanted fugitives early Friday.

Ramiro Espinoza, 34, surrendered as a fugitive to the sheriff's SWAT team after an eight-hour standoff, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was wanted on suspicion of the attempted murder of a girlfriend, whome he had allegedly shot in front of their 4-year-old daughter two months earlier.

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The pursuit started around 5:10 p.m. local time Thursday when a deputy responded to news of gunfire in the area. He reportedly approached Espinoza, who allegedly scaled a fence and fled on foot. Sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told reporters that shots were fired, CBS 8 reported.

At that point, deputies called for backup and more gunfire occurred when they attempted to arrest Espinoza, who hid in a nearby home, said the LA Times.

Law enforcement officials, aided by a SWAT team, established up a perimeter that included 22 homes, and each was evacuated and searched individually, until Espinoza surrendered at around 1 a.m., Caldwell said, according to CBS 8.

The standoff occurred in the southernmost beach city on the West Coast, located about 14 miles from San Diego and five miles from Tijuana, Mexico.

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