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Police arrest murder suspect while serving eviction near Fourth Street

Police say 30-year-old Aaron Garcia fatally shot 38-year-old Jose Manuel Matos in the middle of a conversation in the 2600 block of Anaheim Street on June 19.

Police arrest murder suspect while serving eviction near Fourth Street

A Long Beach man has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of another man along Anaheim Street last week.

It’s still unclear whether the two knew each other, but Long Beach Police said 30-year-old Aaron Garcia had been talking with 38-year-old Long Beach resident Jose Matos sometime around 6:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of Anaheim Street on June 19. At some point, Garcia shot Matos multiple times in the upper body and then fled the area, according to authorities.

Matos was taken by Long Beach Fire personnel to a local hospital where he died, according to authorities.


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Detectives eventually identified Garcia as a suspect in the fatal shooting.

On Tuesday, LBPD officers responded to the 400 block of Cerritos Avenue to help Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies evict someone from a residence in the area.

While serving the eviction, officers found Garcia at the home and took him into custody on suspicion of murder and violating probation, police said. He is being held without bail, according to authorities.

Police are still looking into a motive for the shooting and ask anyone with more information to contact detectives at 562-570-7244.

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