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Suspect arrested in fatal North Austin apartment shooting

The man was detained in Conroe, Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department has identified a woman found dead in her apartment off North Mopac Expressway on Aug. 11. Officials have ruled her cause of death a homicide after initially investigating it as suspicious.

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, at around 6:52 a.m., police responded to a call from a woman who said that someone was breaking into her apartment and that she had been shot. Officers arrived on the scene at 8100 N. Mopac and found a woman, later identified as 33-year-old Delilah Guzman, unresponsive on the floor of the apartment with an apparent gunshot wound.

Live-saving measures were initiated, but she was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:19 a.m.

Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and interview witnesses. On Aug. 12, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death a homicide.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force arrested 28-year-old suspect Arlun Raythunda Watford in Conroe, Texas, on Sept. 17. He was charged with first-degree murder and is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

This was the 51st Austin homicide of 2021.

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