Suspect Arrested In Florida Charged In Bridgeport Homicide

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – Bridgeport police say the man suspected in a fatal shooting at a local restaurant last year was arrested in Florida on Tuesday.

An arrest warrant was issued for 34-year-old Douglas Rivas the day after Cristobal Hernandez was shot and killed in El Paraiso Restaurant. U.S. Marshals conducted a multi-state manhunt but initially could not find him. Bridgeport police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald says new information lead U.S. Marshals to Rivas in Florida.

Rivas has been charged as a fugitive from justice.

Police expect him to be extradited to Connecticut.

Hernandez was shot in the chest after a fight broke out inside the restaurant last September. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

It is unclear what started the fight.

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