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REDMOND, OR -- Law enforcement made arrested the man suspected in Friday night's fatal shooting in northeast Redmond. Investigators say public tips led to the discovery of Mario Morataya's pickup truck at a hotel in Mitchell, Oregon. A Wheeler County deputy contacted him near the vehicle and took him into custody without incident. A shotgun was recovered from inside the truck at the time of his arrest.

 

Redmond Police believe 23-year-old Morataya shot 24-year-old Rebekah Gomes in the back during a domestic dispute, as she was running from her attacker. Gomes lived on NE Larch Ave with other family members and was in a relationship with the suspect. They believe she was trying to end the relationship when she was shot in front of her home, just before 11 p.m. Friday. She was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

 

Morataya was transported back to Redmond and interviewed by the RPD Investigations Unit and Oregon State Police. He is charged with murder, kidnapping in the first degree, assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

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