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Texas shooting suspect arrested

Texas shooting suspect arrested

They accused him of committing a massacre against his neighbors last Friday in which five people, including a mother and her 9-year-old son, were killed.



Courtesy CNN in Spanish | Oropeza entered the United States illegally and was deported several times

After a days-long intensive manhunt, Francisco Oropeza, accused of shooting in Cleveland, Texas, is in custody, two federal police sources familiar with the investigation told CNN.

He was arrested in Cut and Shoot, Texas, according to a federal law enforcement source.

Cut and Shoot is about 17 miles west of Cleveland where the massacre took place.

Agents tracked Francisco Oropeza’s wife to a home near Cut and Shoot, Texas, that was related to one of his family members, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Texas Department of Public Safety tactical agents entered the home and found the suspect hiding in a closet.

“We’re looking into whether he has any assistance,” San Jacinto County District Attorney Todd Dillon told CNN via text message Tuesday night.

Francisco Oropesa, 38, was charged last Friday with a massacre against his neighbors, in which five people were killed, including a mother and her 9-year-old son.

According to authorities, Oropeza opened fire after neighbors asked him to stop firing his gun because it was too close to his home.

Initially, investigators began tracking Oropeza using his cell phone, but said the lead disappeared late Saturday and they had no information on his whereabouts.

The search lasted for days

For days, authorities urged the public to come forward with any information and devoted considerable resources to tracking down the suspect.

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Among them, more than 250 agents and an $80,000 reward for tips leading to his arrest.

Billboards with the reward in Spanish were posted throughout the city of Cleveland, according to police.

For its part, the U.S. government notified media outlets across Mexico if Oropeza was there, a police source told CNN on Monday.

Although his current immigration status is unknown, Oropeza entered the United States illegally and has been deported by immigration officials at least four times since 2009, an ICE source said.

An immigration judge first ordered his removal from the country in March 2009, before he was deported again in September 2009, January 2012 and July 2016, the source said.

According to the source, it is not known how long Oropeza has been in the United States since his last deportation.

The victims were Honduran nationals Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25, and her son Daniel Enrique Laso-Guzman, 9; Diana Velasquez Alvarado, 21; Julisa Molina Rivera, 31, and Jose Jonathan Casares, 18.