Suspect in convenience store shooting arrested in Mexico

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX -- A suspect accused of shooting a man who intervened in a beer theft at a Phoenix convenience store last year was arrested in Mexico over the weekend.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said United States marshals helped apprehend Manuel Salazar III, 21, in Durango, Mexico. He is being held in Mexico City awaiting extradition to the United States.

Salazar is accused of shooting Lance Taylor to death in front of his family at a Circle K near McDowell Road and 43rd Avenue on Feb. 19, 2010.

According to Crump, Salazar tried to steal two 30-packs of beer from the store. Taylor blocked his path and told him to return the beer. Salazar put the beer back in the cooler then reportedly pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at one of the clerks as he walked toward the doors.

Salazar then had words with Taylor's wife and hit her in the head with his gun on his way out of the store, Crump said. Taylor followed Salazar outside and was shot during a confrontation. He died at a local hospital.

Salazar fled in a car with his girlfriend.

Police released surveillance photos and Salazar was identified as the suspect. Crump said Salazar's family helped him flee to Mexico to avoid capture.

Salazar's parents and sister were arrested at the time for hindering prosecution.