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Arrest made in death of San Diego teacher

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Posted at 10:27 AM, Feb 02, 2021

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A man was arrested in the death of a San Diego high school teacher, San Diego police announced Tuesday.

SDPD officials said 30-year-old Jesse M. Alvarez was taken into custody in connection with the Feb. 1 killing of Mario Fierro, 37, in North Park.

According to police, homicide detectives identified Alvarez as a suspect in the slaying and located him Monday night at a Serra Mesa home.

Alvarez was arrested without incident and booked into jail on suspicion of murder.

The deadly shooting was reported early Monday morning in the 4500 block of Kansas Street; responding officers arrived to find a man with a gunshot wound.

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The victim, later identified as Fierro, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police they spotted a person believed to be the suspect leave the area in a vehicle following the shooting.

Homicide detectives determined that Fierro "was involved in an altercation with a Hispanic male wearing jeans and a zip-up top who was last seen northbound on Kansas Street in a small, older vehicle," SDPD officials said.

Hours after the deadly shooting, Cathedral Catholic High School notified families of Fierro’s passing via a letter.

The Catholic Community Foundation has established a scholarship fund in Fierro's honor to benefit CCHS students.