- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A man sought in connection with a fatal New Year’s Day shooting in South Texas was in custody Monday in Mexico, where he’s also suspected of killing a taxi driver and a police officer.

Ignacio Ruiz, 36, who is wanted for the killing of a man near San Antonio, was arrested Saturday in the Mexican border city of Piedras Negras, U.S. Marshal Robert Almonte said.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, a joint operating program within the United States Marshals Service, said that after the Jan. 1 killing Ruiz fled to Piedras Negras where he “allegedly committed multiple robberies” and kidnapped a taxi driver.

When the cabbie tried to alert a police officer, Ruiz allegedly shot both and wounded two bystanders, according to a Task Force statement. It added that he was taken into custody unharmed and would remain in Mexico to face charges.

Twitter accounts for Piedras Negras Mayor Fernando Puron and the city government identified the victims as police officer Jaime Antonio Sornia de Luna and taxi driver Felipe Navarrete.

“We lament the death of officer Jaime A. Sornia de Luna in the line of duty,” Puron’s account said.

The sheriff’s office in Bexar County, Texas, which was investigating the New Year’s Day killing, confirmed that Ruiz was in the custody of Mexican officials.

Two more arrests were made in Texas, according to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force: Isidro Lopez, suspected of aiding and abetting Ruiz’s flight to Mexico; and Ismael Ruiz, the prime suspect’s brother, who was wanted on a prior warrant for allegedly assaulting a peace officer.

Almonte called it a “remarkable collaboration” by law enforcement agencies in the United States and Mexico.

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Associated Press writer Diana Heidgerd in Dallas contributed to this story.

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