Las Cruces police have arrested the man suspected in Sunday morning’s shooting death of 33-year-old Alvaro Garcia Gardea.
Antonio Perez, 37, of the 1700 block of east Organ Avenue, is charged with an open count of murder.
About 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23, Las Cruces police were dispatched to the report of shots fired in an apartment at 1900 north Solano Drive. Officers arrived to find Gardea suffering from at least one gunshot. He was transported to Mountainview Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Investigators learned that Gardea entered the apartment and got into some type of disagreement or confrontation with Perez who is accused of firing two rounds. At least one of the rounds struck Gardea.
Perez fled the apartment but was located and interviewed by police on Monday afternoon. After reviewing evidence and interviewing witnesses to the incident, investigators determined there was probable cause to obtain a warrant for Perez’s arrest.
Perez was arrested Tuesday evening and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he is initially being held without bond.
Police are continuing their investigation and additional charges are possible.