Police arrest murder suspect after body found in bed of truck

Gavino Vara, 51, arrested in connection with man's death

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police have arrested a suspect in the death of a man whose body was found Tuesday in the bed of a truck in the 1100 block of Mauermann Road.

Gavino Vara, 51, is charged with murder.

Officers got a call reporting an abandoned truck at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. An officer responding to the scene reported he found the body in the truck bed. The body was identified as Daniel Tausch, 62, in Vara's arrest affidavit.

The truck belonged to Tausch, police said.

Three witnesses gave statements to investigators, according to the arrest affidavit. They were working on a property in the 11600 block of Palo Alto early Monday morning when Vara got into an argument with them about electrical work, they said.

One of the witnesses and Vara's girlfriend got into physical fight outside of the building, and Vara grabbed his gun. Tausch threatened to get his gun too, witnesses told investigators.

Vara walked by the Tausch, and witnesses said the two exchanged words before Vara shot him in the chest. Witnesses said Tausch was not armed when he was shot.

When the witnesses tried to get Tausch help, they told investigators Vara said, "let the f----r die."

Vara was arrested without incident, police said.

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