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4 Eastlake Drug Trafficking Suspects to Be Arraigned Following Fatal Shooting

One suspect was killed, one officer injured and five people were taken into custody on June 14, 2016.

Four suspects involved in a narcotics investigation in Eastlake are expected to appear in court for their arraignments Friday, just a few days after a fatal shooting that left one person dead, a law enforcement officer injured and prompted Chula Vista businesses and residents to shelter in place. 

Jesus Rizo, 22, Jovani Moreno, Miguel Parra, 22, and Sergio Arias-Ibarra were arrested after an undercover drug sting went bad. Rafael Morataya-Aguilar, 19, was also arrested, is still awaiting arraignment. 

One person was killed and one law enforcement officer was injured when shots were fired following a meeting Tuesday afternoon between Homeland Security investigators and suspected high level drug dealers. 

The meeting in the Shops at San Miguel shopping center parking lot developed into a violent struggle and shooting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, law enforcement officials said.

Officers from several agencies carried high-powered weapons as they searched vehicles outside a shuttered grocery store located on Proctor Valley Road east of State Route 125.

NBC 7 Newschopper captured other officers searching a nearby apartment complex and several businesses including a UPS shipping center. 

Four drug trafficking suspects were arrested. The fifth suspect was later arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Turner said an agent with a multi-agency drug task force called Operation Alliance engaged suspects in two separate cars in front of the store. 

The officer feared for his life and fired his weapon, hitting one suspect, Turner said. The suspect was taken to a local hospital, where he died. He has not been identified. An officer was also taken to a local hospital. Turner said his injuries were not serious. 

The suspects did not shoot at the officer.

Both cars involved fled the scene. A white Toyota was found at the Sedona Condominium complex where it crashed. Just around the corner, two suspects in that car were arrested.

After the remaining suspects escaped, officials launched a manhunt. Multiple teams in full protective gear armed with assault weapons searched the area.

Police searched for the remaining suspect, Parra, who may have fled in a red Chevy Trailblazer or red Dodge. No description of Parra was released.

He was later arrested without incident.

The five suspects face multiple charges. The name of the sixth suspect who was shot and killed in the encounter with law enforcement has not yet been released.

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