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Suspect in Church's Chicken shooting arrested in Memphis

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Posted at 5:31 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-23 09:53:41-05

(KGTV) - The man suspected of opening fire at a Church’s Chicken in Otay Mesa West earlier this month was arrested Friday in Memphis, Tennessee, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed.

Albert Blake is charged with shooting and killing Maribel Merino-Ibanez, 28, and wounding two men Nov. 6. The three victims were employees of the restaurant on Del Sol Boulevard.

Police said the shooter had been to the Church's earlier in the day and tried to use a counterfeit bill to buy food.

"The suspect got into a verbal argument with employees and left the restaurant. He returned minutes later armed with a handgun and shot at three employees," police told 10News shortly after the shooting.


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The man drove away from the scene in a Dodge Charger.

“ Investigators with the local task force began to hunt for the fugitive. He was pinpointed in a house on the 2300 block of Hubbard street today. He was taken into custody without incident,” the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release Friday.

Blake is in custody at Shelby County Detention Center and awaits extradition to San Diego.