Gun-possession charge filed in fatal Everett shooting

EVERETT — The suspect in a deadly shooting inside an Everett house has been charged with unlawful gun possession.

Jose Eduardo Espinoza Aguilar claims that he fired his gun in self-defense. Martin Guzman Garrido, 43, was shot multiple times. Everett police officers found his body in a pool of blood Dec. 20 inside a house in the 4100 block of Colby Avenue.

Officers also found a stolen handgun on the living room floor.

The death investigation is ongoing, according to court papers.

Espinoza Aguilar, 22, was arrested Dec. 23 in the North Bend area. He was driving a stolen pickup truck. Officers found a handgun outside the truck.

The defendant allegedly admitted that the gun was the one he used to shoot Guzman Garrido. He claimed that the deadly shooting happened after Guzman Garrido pulled a gun on him, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Tobin Darrow wrote.

Espinoza Aguilar is a convicted felon and is prohibited from having any firearms. He was convicted last year of drug possession and sentenced to a month in jail.

He pleaded not guilty to the gun charge. He was being held on $1 million bail.

Witnesses reported that the two men were arguing over a woman at the time of the shooting. A witness told detectives that both men pulled guns.

“I’m continuing to review the shooting as to whether additional charges will be filed,” Darrow said.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @dianahefley.

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