SAN ANTONIO -

A 27-year-old man who was arrested early Saturday morning faces first-degree murder charges, authorities said Monday.

U.S. Marshals said Jorge Vasquez Jr., a convicted sex offender as a result of a 2001 conviction, was allegedly involved in a shooting Friday morning that resulted in the death of a man in Cotulla.

Reports stated that Vasquez and the man were involved in a verbal altercation that began at a local gas station, but later escalated at another location on the east side of Cotulla.

As the altercation escalated, U.S. Marshals said Vasquez allegedly pulled out a small-caliber handgun and began firing, striking the victim multiple times.

Vasquez immediately fled the scene of the alleged murder and a warrant was issued for his arrest later that day by the Justice of the Peace in La Salle County, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force was contacted Friday evening by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force for help in finding and arresting Vasquez.

Authorities immediately began an investigation in the search for Vasquez. Subsequent to the investigation, task force officers determined that Vasquez was hiding out in a hotel room located on Roosevelt, on the south side of San Antonio.

As officers identified themselves and began entry into the hotel room, authorities said Vasquez attempted to barricade the door with a mattress. Officers then entered the hotel room, made contact with Vasquez and took him into custody, authorities said.

"Our task force officers, with the assistance of other law enforcement agencies came together as one cohesive unit to quickly accomplish one mission: find this fugitive, arrest him and put him behind bars," said Robert R. Almonte, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas.

Vasquez is currently being held in custody at the Bexar County Jail awaiting extradition to La Salle County.