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Suspect in girlfriend’s death fired on Placer deputies, officials say

Placer County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in Auburn on Sunday morning on suspicion of killing his girlfriend and firing on officers, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

Daniel Espinoza, 34, was seen struggling with his girlfriend in their car on Garnet Way in Auburn at 12:45 a.m. Sunday after they returned from a party at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, according to the release. Shortly after the couple went inside an apartment, neighbors heard a gunshot. Espinoza’s girlfriend was shot and killed, the release said, while a 4-year-old child was in the unit.

According to the release, Espinoza returned to the fairground after the shooting, where a friend picked him up and took him to a house in Newcastle. Deputies searched the Newcastle Cemetery area and came across Espinoza’s friend. As the deputies spoke with the friend, Espinoza ambushed them with gunfire from a driveway, according to the release.

The deputies were not hit and returned fire until Espinoza ran out of bullets, the release said. The deputies arrested him and booked him on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

The identity of the female victim will be released after her family is notified. The friend that deputies encountered is not being charged, according to department spokesman Lt. Troy Minton-Sander.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison