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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting in Imperial Beach alley

Authorities have arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of murder in the January shooting death of a man in an Imperial Beach alley, a sheriff’s lieutenant said.

Jesus Manuel Rodriguez Jr. is suspected of gunning down 45-year-old Shelby Dorris Jr. around 3 a.m. on Jan. 30 in an alley off Palm Avenue between Georgia Street and 13th Street, according to San Diego sheriff’s homicide Lt. Chris Steffen. Dorris, an Imperial Beach resident, was shot once and died at the scene.

Authorities have not said what they believe led up to the shooting, but detectives identified Rodriguez as the suspected gunman “shortly after the shooting” and sought a warrant for his arrest, Steffen said in a news release.

A local fugitive task force arrested Rodriguez on Monday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry “in collaboration with Mexican authorities,” Steffen said.

It was not immediately clear if Mexican law enforcement detained him and turned him over to U.S. authorities, or whether he was nabbed while trying to cross the border.

Rodriguez was booked Monday night into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of murder. He remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of $2 million bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

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