Weslaco police apprehend murder suspect in shooting case

Updated at 9:56 p.m.

A man Weslaco police say is a suspect in a murder investigation was arrested Monday following a shooting that left one person dead and put a local school on lockdown.

Although police have not yet confirmed the identity of the person arrested, they did identify Angel Herrera, 23, earlier Monday as the suspect in the case. The arrest came after a manhunt for Herrera, who was considered armed and dangerous, lasted for several hours.

According to officer Eric Hernandez, spokesman for the Weslaco Police Department, officers initially responded to a call reporting shots fired in the vicinity of the 2400 block of 12th Street and Pleasantview Drive at around 12:06 p.m. Monday.

Hernandez said police arrived four minutes later and found a person unresponsive behind the wheel of a vehicle. The person had been shot. CPR was administered but the victim, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are investigating the incident as a murder, Hernandez said, who added that drugs may have been a possible motive.

The shooting incident also prompted Weslaco East High School, which is located in the vicinity of the incident on Pleasantview Drive, to implement lockdown procedures, according to police.

The lockdown was lifted at around 4 p.m., according to a Weslaco school district official.