BUENOS AIRES – A man accused of fatally shooting a neighbor who tried to stop him from physically abusing a woman was apprehended Monday after a six-month manhunt, Argentine police said.
The murder occurred in February in the Buenos Aires suburb of Avellaneda.
The man now in custody was on the street arguing with a group of neighbors when the victim approached and joined in the criticism of the aggressor for his mistreatment of the woman who shared his home.
Infuriated, the suspect began shouting at the man who intervened and told him the matter was none of his business. The would-be Samaritan responded by hitting the abuser with a blunt object.
The abuser then grabbed the woman and began walking away, while warning that he would come back to kill the man who struck him.
He returned an hour later with a gun and shot the second man twice before fleeing.
The victim died of his wounds several days later.
Neighbors who witnessed the shooting alerted police and the search for the killer got under way, complete with telephone wiretaps and surveillance of locations the suspect was known to frequent.
The investigation led to a residence in another part of Avellaneda and police set up a stake-out.
When a man appeared at the spot on Monday, police emerged and told him to stop. Grabbed by the cops before he could flee, the suspect threw punches at the officers.