Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Published on Wednesday, September 5, 2007

09/05/07 Around the Valley

Suspect in Sunnyside shooting apprehended at U.S. border

A man wanted in a double shooting in Sunnyside earlier this summer was caught by U.S. Border Patrol agents in California recently.

Alberto R. Irigoyen-Murillo, 27, of Auburn, Wash., is a suspect in the shooting of Martin Munoz and Efrain Hernandez in the parking lot of the Acapulco Restaurant in June. Sunnyside police said Irigoyen-Murillo and the victims were involved in an argument in the restaurant prior to the shooting. Munoz was shot in the face and Hernandez was shot in the shoulder.

Police located Irigoyen-Murillo's vehicle shortly after the shooting but it was not until Aug. 30 that he was caught while allegedly trying to re-enter the country illegally in San Diego County. Border Patrol agents said he had been trying to climb back over the fence, and after he was detained a fingerprint check turned up the warrant for his arrest in the shooting.

Extradition proceedings to bring Irigoyen-Murillo to Washington state are under way, according to Sunnyside police.

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