Former Los Angeles policeman, sought in murder, arrested in Mexico

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Posted: May 26, 2015 7:51 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles police officer, who fled after he was accused of killing a man following a fight near a southern California nightclub district, has been arrested in northern Mexico, state prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Henry Solis, 27, was detained in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and was handed over to Mexican migration authorities, the Chihuahua state prosecutor's office said in a statement.

Agents of the state prosecutor's office captured Solis on Tuesday following coordination with U.S. authorities, it added.

Solis was deported to the United States on Tuesday evening and will be held in custody in El Paso, Texas, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement.

Solis is accused of shooting Salome Rodriguez Jr. multiple times on March 13 near a strip of nightclubs in downtown Pomona, about 35 miles (55 km) east of Los Angeles.

Solis, who was off-duty at the time of the shooting, was terminated by the Los Angeles Police Department after he was named a suspect in the case.

Authorities said Solis then fled to Mexico, allegedly with the help of his father, 53-year-old Victor Solis. The father was arrested in late March and was charged with lying to federal agents.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles and Dave Graham and Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein in Mexico City; Editing by Mohammad Zargham, Ken Wills and Clarence Fernandez)