Man who killed five of his neighbours arrested

File – A U.S. police officer cordons off a crime scene. – AIMEE DILGER / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in the United States has confirmed the arrest of the alleged gunman who shot and killed five people, his neighbors, in Texas last Friday with an assault rifle after a four-day manhunt.

The suspect, identified as Francisco Oropesa, 38, is charged with murder after allegedly killing five people, including a nine-year-old boy, in Cleveland, Texas.

According to investigations, reported by NBC News, Oropesa’s neighbors reportedly asked the defendant to stop firing his rifle into the air, or to fire it in an area farther away from the house, because they were trying to put a baby to sleep and the gunshots were disturbing them.

After refusing to do so, the neighbors threatened to call the authorities, at which point Oropesa entered their home and shot several of the people inside, all of whom were Honduran nationals, including a nine-year-old child, leaving three wounded.

After the attack, the accused fled, thus initiating a search in which the authorities employed more than 250 agents, and in which they offered 80,000 dollars (72,603 euros) for any information.

On Saturday, the agents reported that they had lost track of Oropesa and had no leads to follow, although on Tuesday he was finally arrested in a town near the scene of the incident.

In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Honduras – from where the five deceased are from – has sent its condolences to the families of the victims, informing that its Consulate in the state is working with the U.S. authorities to organize the repatriation of the bodies.


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