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Shooting Leaves 1 Dead In Okanogan County

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PRESS RELEASE FROM OKANOGAN COUNTY: On 02-20-14 at around 3:45 PM Okanogan County Deputies and emergency personnel responded to a shooting south of Malott near the Chiliwist Road. When Deputies arrived on scene they discovered the body of one Hispanic male who had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation to this point showed that the victim had just arrived here in Okanogan County yesterday from California. The victim had family ties to the shooter and his family who are living in Okanogan County. According to statements obtained yesterday, the family was afraid of the victim and was not sure what he was going to do.

Jesus Vela-Duarte, 31 of Brewster was called by his wife who said that she thought she saw the victim driving by their house near Malott. Duarte apparently went home and retrieved a weapon and then was heading to Brewster to pick up a child, when he saw the victim parked along the road on old Hwy 97 near the Chiliwist Road.

Duarte stopped and confronted the victim and according to a witness at the scene, Duarte then pulled out a pistol and shot the victim two or three times. The victim died at the scene from the gunshots.

Duarte then drove back to his home in Malott, put the gun away and called 911 to report the shooting. Duarte told Deputies he was at his home and would be waiting for them. Deputies arrived and picked up Duarte without incident.

The victim’s body was located and the crime scene was proceeded last night. Old Hwy 97 south of Malott was closed while the scene was proceeded by the Okanogan Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab. The road was reopened at around 10:30 PM.

Duarte was transported to the Okanogan County Jail and booked for Murder in the Second Degree. The victim’s name is not being released at this time, pending notification of his family in Mexico.

The investigation is still on going.

Additional information on the shooting.

The victim in the case is Antonio Naranjo-Menchaca, 38 of Omak and California. Menchaca was the ex-brother-in-law of Duarte. Menchaca has lived on and off in Okanogan County for several years. He had been recently living in California for several years and had returned back to Okanogan County on 02-19-14.

The family was afraid of Menchaca and apparently Duarte had already contacted Menchaca when he returned and told him to stay away from his family. When Duarte saw Menchaca drive by their house in Malott again yesterday he followed them down to the Chiliwist Road and that is where the confrontation took place. Detectives are still conducting interviews today to determining what led up to the shooting.

An autopsy for Menchaca will be performed on Monday.


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