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UPDATE: Federal Way police identify suspect in homicide

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Michael Anthony Espinosa, the suspect in Saturday's deadly shooting in Federal Way. Photo courtesy of Federal Way Police

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Police are investigating a Saturday morning homicide near Federal Way High School, with one suspect being identified.

Federal Way Police spokesperson Cathy Schrock said that detectives were called to a residence near 304th and 14th Avenue South, across from the high school, at 2:10 a.m. Officers arrived to find a 53-year-old Tacoma man in the driveway of a home with a gunshot wound to his head. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he later died of his injuries.

A woman who lived at the residence told investigators that she inside the home when she heard two shots, Schrock said. When she went outside, she found the injured man in the driveway and two men running to the east.

Schrock said that the Tacoma man was in an argument with the suspects over a previous incident in the driveway, and at some point during the argument shots were fired. The two suspects then fled, and a K-9 search of the area failed to find the suspects, according to Schrock.

Police later named 19-year-old Michael Anthony Espinosa (a.k.a. “Joker”) one of the suspects in the homicide. He is described as being 5-8, 185 pounds, with a shaved head and a thin mustache. He also has numerous tattoos, including a “Lokos” tattoo over his right eye, “XIII” and “13” on the back of his head and “M” above his right ear. He was already wanted by the state Department of Corrections on a warrant, and Federal Way Police have now put a temporary felony warrant out on Espinosa.

The second suspect has not been identified, and the gun used in the shooting hasn’t been found.

FWPD officers closed 304th for a four-block stretch, between 12th Avenue South and 16th Avenue South, through the morning as the investigation was done.

This is a developing story. More info as we get it.

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