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U.S. Marshals arrest murder suspect in Kyle

The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested a man wanted for murder Tuesday afternoon in the 300 block of Zebra Drive in Kyle.

Francisco “Pako” Lopez Jr., 32, of Austin, was wanted in the June 23 deadly shooting at an apartment complex located at 3603 Southridge Drive in Austin, where a male victim was pronounced deceased on scene from a gunshot wound.

The Austin Police Department filed a warrant in 299th District Court in Travis County on Feb. 6, following a homicide investigation, and requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend Lopez. Members of the task force conducted a fugitive investigation and learned Lopez had fled the city.  

Members of the task force initiated surveillance this morning outside of Austin at a residence located in Kyle, where Lopez was known to frequent. During the course of the surveillance, task force officers observed Lopez exit the residence and get into the driver’s seat of a vehicle. Officers quickly approached and surrounded the vehicle and apprehended Lopez without incident.

Lopez has been taken into custody and will be held at the Travis County Jail where he awaits his judicial proceedings on a bond set at $750,000.

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