Suspect is arrested in murder

A SUSPECT has been arrested by Westminster police in connection with the fatal shooting of a Huntington Beach man (Shutterstock).

A suspect has been arrested in the July 31 fatal shooting in Westminster of a Huntington Beach man.

According to Commander Kevin McCormack of the WPD, Matthew Francisco Mattice has been booked on a murder charge in the killing of Donald Joshua Ratzlaff, 41, of Huntington Beach.

With the help of the Fountain Valley and Seal Beach police departments, along with the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force, Westminster detectives were able to track down Mattice at a Costa Mesa motel in the 1400 block of Bristol Street. where he was arrested without incident. He’s being held at Orange County Jail in Santa Ana in lieu of $1 million bail.

On Sunday at about 4:10 a.m., Westminster police officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the rear parking lot of an apartment complex in the 15200 block of Magnolia Street. That’s between Bolsa Avenue and Bishop Place.

Police were told there had been an argument prior to the shots being fired and the people involved left in a white van.

At 4:30 a.m., Fountain Valley police responded to the ARCO gas station  at 10975 Edinger Ave. in Fountain Valley regarding a gunshot victim inside a white van.

The victim was found dead in the van from an apparent gunshot wound; the driver of the van had fled before police arrived.

WPD detectives are continuing the investigation in hopes of finding more evidence and witnesses. Anyone who witnessed the crime or has additional information is asked to call Detective M. Pierson at (714) 548-3759.

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