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Suspect Arrested in Connection With Double Homicide Near Othello

Adams County sherriff
(Adams County Sheriffs Office)

Authorities say it may have been a dispute over work hours.

According to officials, Juan Luiz Rizo-Torres, 39, and 29-year-old Reuben Gonzalez-Navarette were found Tuesday in a car in an apple orchard near Othello. Both had been shot several times.

31-year-old Francisco A. Rizo was arrested in Connell by Adams County Sheriffs deputies.

Deputies say a physical altercation may have broken out between the two victims and another relative, who’s identity was not released. It appears Rizo came to the orchard a short time later armed with a handgun and shot the two men.

Rizo then fled the scene. Adams County officials say it appears the fight rapidly escalated, and there wasn’t any prior activity that led to the shooting. The gun used to shoot the men has not yet been found.

 

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