Marshals return Circle K shooting suspect to Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- A man suspected in a deadly shooting is back in Phoenix.

The U.S. Marshals Service returned Manuel Salazar III, 21, to Phoenix from Mexico Saturday afternoon.

Salazar is accused of killing a man in February 2010.

Phoenix police said Salazar was stealing beer from a Circle K at 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road when a good Samaritan stepped in and tried to stop him.

Police said Lance Taylor blocked Salazar’s 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. Taylor followed Salazar outside and was shot during a confrontation. He died at a local hospital.

“Our detectives were able to identify a location in Mexico several months ago and with the assistance again of the United States Marshals Service, the suspect was located, arrested and has been in Mexico City awaiting extradition,” said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump.

Salazar will be booked into county jail on first-degree murder charges.