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News Release

Sunday, July 31, 2011

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Man Killed after Confrontation NR11351kr

Los Angeles.  A confrontation between three males and a lone suspect left one person dead from a gunshot wound.

On July 30, 2011, at around 7:45 p.m., Wilshire Area patrol officers were called to the 1200 block of Queen Anne Place for a shooting investigation. When they arrived they found 27-year-old Rigoberto Espinosa lying on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound.

Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced Espinosa dead at scene.

Detectives believe that Espinosa and two friends became involved in a dispute that led to a fight between Espinosa and the gunman. Following the altercation the suspect pulled out a gun and shot Espinosa. The exact motive for the dispute and subsequent shooting is still under investigation.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Wilshire Area homicide detectives at 213-473-0446. During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800)-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most key pads) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to, click on “web tips” and follow the prompts.