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Man arrested for murder after body found on Williams Dr.

Officers were called to the 5800 block of Williams Dr. around 6 a.m. Monday morning where they found Gabriel Rodriguez, 46, dead from a gunshot wound.
Credit: Corpus Christi PD

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A man has been arrested on murder charges after a man was found dead on Williams Dr. Monday morning. 

Officers were called to the scene on the 5800 block of Williams Dr. around 6 a.m. Monday morning where they found a 46-year-old man dead, according to officials with the Corpus Christi Police Department. 

The Nueces County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Gabriel Rodriguez, 46. He died from a gunshot wound to the chest. 

Investigators followed up on loads and were able to identify Roman Vargas, 31, as a possible suspect. Vargas was known to have warrants for probation violations, unlawful carrying of a firearm by a felon and possession of a controlled substance, officials said. 

Officers tracked Vargas down to the 5100 block of I-37 later in the afternoon Monday and Vargas was taken into custody without incident, police said. He was taken to the main police station to be interviewed and was then taken to the City Detention Center for processing. He has been charged with murder and bond has been set at $1 million. 

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this murder, please call Corpus Christi Police Robbery & Homicide Detectives at (361) 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online by clicking here.  

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