Fourth suspect in Corpus Christi slaying arrested in SA

Edward Elizondo, 3 others allegedly involved in Aug. 8 fatal shooting

By Troy Blevins - Graham Media Group

SAN ANTONIO - A 19-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning in San Antonio in connection to a fatal shooting in Corpus Christi, authorities said.

U.S. marshals said the arrest warrant was issued related to an investigation by the Corpus Christi Police Department, where it is alleged Edward Elizondo committed first-degree murder.

Elizondo, 20-year-old Gilbert Perez Jr., 19-year-old Albert Suarez Jr. and 18-year-old Jessie Salazar were allegedly involved in shooting a man following an altercation that took place Friday, Aug. 8 in the 2200 block of Ruth Street in Corpus Christi.

Reports stated the man was found early Saturday morning underneath a stairway leading to an upstairs apartment. U.S. marshals said the man was found to have multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation began by detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department and arrest warrants were issued for the four men involved in the murder. Days later Perez, Suarez and Salazar were arrested. U.S. marshals said Elizondo remained a fugitive at large.

Authorities were contacted Monday to help in searching for Elizondo. Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force began an investigation Tuesday morning in finding and arresting Elizondo.

Officers determined Elizondo was hiding in a mobile home in the 8600 block of South Zarzamora Street on the south side of San Antonio. Authorities said the officers entered the mobile home, identified themselves and took Elizondo into custody without incident.

"For law enforcement officers it's a fulfilling accomplishment when violent fugitives are arrested for the crimes they commit, but it's a sad reality for the people who fall prey to these crimes," said Robert R. Almonte, U.S. marshal for the Western District of Texas. "Every officer involved in this case did their job and they did it well, and for that I am appreciative."     

Elizondo is currently being held in custody at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office awaiting extradition to Nueces County.

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