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Suspect believed on the run in deadly Travis County shooting arrested

The sheriff's office thought Michael Lance Arendt was attempting to flee the state.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) is now reporting that a California man wanted in connection with a homicide last month in eastern Travis County has been arrested.

The TCSO said at 7:38 p.m. on Monday, May 16, that deputies responded to a 911 call that someone had been shot in the 4000 block of Lower Drive. When deputies arrived, they discovered a man in his 40s with a fatal gunshot wound. The victim has not yet been identified, pending the results of an autopsy.

The TCSO said detectives worked through the night, collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. Investigators determined that the people involved were known to each other and this shooting was an isolated incident.

Credit: Travis County Sheriff's Office

As of around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, the TSCO was still actively searching for the suspect, 50-year-old Michael Lance Arendt of California. The TCSO said Arendt was last seen driving a 2019 Suzuki motorcycle with the California license plate 24P1575. The motorcycle is white with blue Supermoto wheels, an Akrapovic exhaust and has a "Hoonigan" sticker on the front cowl. 

The TCSO said Arendt was traveling with his dog, a pit bull, and investigators believed he may have been attempting to flee the state. 

Officials said Arendt was arrested on May 28 for the murder of Anthony Israel Yancey, 42. As of June 1, he has not been transferred to Travis County yet.

Anyone with any information about Arendt or the shooting is asked to call the TCSO Tip Line at 512-858-1444 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477.

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