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.
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less