Fort Smith police investigate homicide, one suspect being questioned

River Valley News

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) —  After investigating a shooting call in the 1700 block of Brazil early Thursday, April 8, 2021, an arrest has been made, according to the Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD).

Officers reportedly located a deceased female, 32, in what appears to be a homicide.

Police identified and located a suspect, Ervin Eduardo Nafate Ruiz, 24, who was interviewed by detectives.

Nafate was arrested for first-degree murder and was apprehended by the Poteau Police Department after the FSPD Communications Unit shared the information about the incident with other area law enforcement agencies.

FSPD Public Information Officer Aric Mitchell said the shooting was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.

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