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Homicide suspect arrested

On Thursday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) received a call requesting officers respond to the 20000 Block of Orchid Street in Newport Beach referencing gunshots heard in the area.

NBPD responded to the area and subsequently found one adult male deceased inside a residence. NBPD Detectives, Crime Scene Investigation personnel, the Orange County Coroner and the Orange County Crime Lab are conducting a homicide investigation which has resulted in the arrest of Rodney James Hartzel. There is no ongoing threat to the community.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and family notification by the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information or a witness to the crime is asked to contact Detective M. Fletcher at 949.644.3779.