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Update:

Shooting suspect’s arraignment postponed

Shawn Michael Espinoza of Garden Grove, suspected of Huntington Beach shooting, to be arraigned in January

December 18, 2009

A Garden Grove man suspected in an attempted murder case was supposed to be arraigned today, but the arraignment was put off until January.

A police investigation uncovered the identity of Shawn Michael Espinoza, 39, who is suspected of being the shooter in a attempted murder and robbery incident Dec. 2, officials said. He will be charged with one felony count each of attempted murder, use of a firearm, second-degree attempted murder and street terrorism, according to court documents. He is expected to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15 in courtroom W-15 at the West Justice Center.

Espinoza is believed to have confronted a male victim outside his Huntington Beach house around 10 p.m. Espinoza allegedly demanded the man’s wallet, stating he owed somebody money, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department.

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When the man refused, Espinoza is believed to have shot the man in the leg once and fled. Officers checked the area at the time of the incident and were unable to locate the shooter. Through an investigation, officials believe Espinoza is the unidentified shooter, according to the department.

Huntington Beach detectives located Espinoza and obtained an arrest warrant for him in Garden Grove. The Huntington Beach SWAT team was used to search for him, and detectives arrested him Dec. 10.

He is being held at the Theo Lacy Facility for more than $1 million bail.

— Britney Barnes


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