Dean Patrick Maldonado, OC Homicide No. 32: Bail Bondsman Shot in Quiet Neighborhood

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A fatal shooting Saturday night jolted the sleepy neighborhood of Robinson Ranch in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Dean Patrick Maldonado, the 49-year-old owner of the Dean Maldonado Bail Bonds in Newport Beach, was shot and killed inside a home in the 21300 block of Stonetower.

Neighbors reported loud screaming and cursing and immediately called authorities.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department reports that Maldonado entered the suburban home through the rear sliding door. At 11:50 p.m., deputies were dispatched to investigate a family dispute. By the time they arrived, Maldonado had incurred multiple bullet wounds and laid dead in the suburban home.

Echoes of the shots and shrieks were heard from blocks away.

Over 36 hours after the shooting, police still report that Maldonado was killed by a 51-year-old male guest, visiting the home of Linda Shaw-Sprowl. She is reportedly a personal trainer who owns and operates a business called Body Balance.

No arrests have been made and the anonymity of the shooter remains protected.

Maldonado, an avid body-builder, is survived by three children.


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