Authorities make arrest in rural Peñitas shooting

Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest in a shooting in Peñitas over the weekend, according to a news release.

Before midnight Saturday, deputies responded to a home in the 160000 block of Date Palm Drive in rural Peñitas. There, they found 32-year-old Raul Garza with a gunshot wound in his chest. He was airlifted to a local hospital, but later died.

20150206 Rodolfo-SaenzHe was pronounced dead by Pct. 2, Place 2 Justice of the Peace Jaime “Jerry” Muñoz, who ordered an autopsy.

Deputies believe the shooting occurred when an argument got heated between Garza and 38-year-old Rodolfo Saenz, states the news release. A criminal complaint states Saenz confessed to the shooting.

Saenz has been charged with murder and was taken to Hidalgo County jail on a $1.75 million bond.

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