A 19-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Wednesday in southwest Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
Police say Miguel Angel Zelaya was charged with murder, discharging a firearm into occupied property causing serious bodily injury, and two counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
The victim, Jose Orlando Ibarra, died after being shot about 9:45 p.m. in the 7600 block of Sharon Lakes Road, police say. Investigators say the shooting followed some type of altercation in a parking lot.
Police say Zelaya was arrested Friday morning by detectives at an apartment on Lakemist Drive in connection with a different robbery case. He was questioned at CMPD headquarters and was charged with Ibarra’s death after that interview.
The case took a different twist Thursday afternoon, when a SWAT team surrounded a unit of the Elmsley Grove Apartments on Tyvola Road. Police confirmed that they were looking for a relative of Ibarra.
According to WBTV, that relative was Ibarra’s brother. WBTV said police suspected the brother of assaulting a man who he thought was responsible for Jose’s death. The standoff ended late Thursday afternoon, with one man being taken into custody.
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