LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a deadly shooting after a “heated argument” an apartment near Sahara and Decatur on Oct. 3.
Miguel Perez faces charges of murder with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon and battery resulting in severe bodily harm.
An arrest report shows police had to sort out conflicting stories and lies before eventually determining that Perez was living at the apartment at the time with his girlfriend and their 4-year-old daughter. They shared the apartment with the girlfriend’s mother and her brother.
Francisco Ibarra was shot during an argument and transported to UMC Trauma where he was pronounced dead.
The argument began after Ibarra returned to the apartment “high and drunk” after his mother gave him $1,000 to get a money order to pay the rent. He came home five hours later and didn’t have the money order.
“This caused an argument inside the apartment between the sister, the mother, and the son,” according to Metro Lt. Raymond Spencer said.
Interviews with the girlfriend, identified as Katie Aguilar, and the mother, Reyna Aguilar, produced similar accounts of what happened, but Katie had tried to protect Perez by saying he was an “unknown male” who intervened in the argument, according to the arrest report.
Perez fled Las Vegas and spoke to police the following day from Venice, California.
Perez had intervened when Francisco Ibarra got aggressive toward him, Katie and their daughter, according to several accounts of the incident. Perez told Ibarra, “Relax, you don’t have to yell at her like that. Don’t yell at my lady like that.”
The confrontation escalated, and Katie tried to get between Ibarra and Perez, the arrest report says.
Perez told police he is a boxer, due to have his second professional fight in Denver in October.
Perez said he went to the north bedroom in the apartment, and Ibarra followed him. The shooting occurred in the bedroom, and police found evidence there.
He gave police conflicting accounts of the weapon used in the shooting, claiming it was a .22 caliber “long-rifle pistol” that “magically appeared” as they were fighting, according to the arrest report.
Perez is also accused of battery in connection. He is accused of striking Reyna Aguilar with a handgun as she tried to break up the fight, and striking his boxing coach and roommate, Mark Cordova after he left the scene of the shooting.
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Perez was arrested on Oct. 8 and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on an open murder charge.
This is an ongoing investigation.
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