Esteban De Jesus Jr., suspected of shooting a Hispanic woman in Orlando, Florida, died in the same manner when he was taken into custody by members of a regional fugitive task force in Jersey City, NJ.
Orlando police identified the 56-year-old man as the individual armed with a machete and a handgun who fatally shot a woman and her husband who lived next door to him in an apartment complex at 6:43 p.m. Friday.
Leonidas Duran, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her shot husband was taken to the hospital in stable condition, NJ.com reported.
De Jesus fled and was located more than 1,000 miles away on Jefferson Street in Jersey City by the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force on Saturday night. He was shot while being taken into custody and died of his wounds at Jersey City Medical Center, New Jersey, and Florida authorities said.
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The investigation into the suspect’s arrest and death is being handled by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, which has not released further details.
The motive for the crime in Florida is unclear. Fox News reported that Duran was found on the lawn of the apartment complex with a gunshot wound and multiple cuts.
NJ state law requires the Attorney General’s Office to investigate deaths that occur during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in an official capacity or while the decedent is in custody.