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Garden Grove man shot his victims during a possible drug transaction

Published on August 17, 2014 by in Crime, Drugs, Santa Ana

Dustin Sean Ross McDonald

Dustin Sean Ross McDonald

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 15, 2014

Case# 14CF2681


SANTA ANA – A Garden Grove man will be arraigned today for the special circumstances shooting-murder of a man and attempted murder of two women in Santa Ana. Dustin Sean Ross McDonald, 23, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder by lying in wait, and two felony counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation. He also faces sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death or great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. McDonald is scheduled to be arraigned today, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2014, McDonald is accused of arranging to meet with the victims for a possible drug transaction. The defendant is accused of driving up and stopping alongside the victims’ vehicle, which was parked in the area of 12th and Main Street in Santa Ana. McDonald is accused of then stepping out of his vehicle, walking around to the front passenger side of the victims’ vehicle while armed with a firearm, and firing approximately seven to 10 gunshots. He is accused of murdering the front passenger, Aaron Chavez, 23, and wounding both the 21-year-old female driver of the vehicle and the 28-year-old female passenger.

The Santa Ana Police Department responded to the scene and investigated this case. McDonald was arrested on Aug. 13, 2014.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701


Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Director of Public Affairs
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

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7 Responses

  1. Seamus MacDuff

    Do you have corroboration that this was a possible drug deal gone bad – or is this just your usual wild-ass sloppy guesswork that you try to pass off as journalism?

    • It’s mentioned the press release.

    • carpetbagger


      I heard they were Mater Dei kids dealing in black market cialis for Father Joe and Coach Mark. The strange thing is, some of the “Monarchs” have embraced the lifestyle. Look for “Blow Bangs” and “Vicar and Twink” parties at Eddie West after Friday night games ths fall.

      To think, they wanted to allow Mexicans to play soccer there. Let’s reserve the taxpayer stadium for gay Catholic sex.

      There is good news for most boys there, bad news for the coeds…….Fr. Sallot prefered the oppisite sex.

  2. Cc

    There’s a medical marijauna dispensery right around there were they involved ….

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