EDINBURG, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A Hidalgo County man was arraigned Friday afternoon after he confessed to fatally shooting his neighbor.
34-year-old Antonio Garcia Garza appeared before Judge Jaime Munoz.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office said at around 3 a.m. Thursday deputies responded to the 6700 block of Argentine Road in rural Edinburg, in reference to shots fired.
When deputies arrived they saw two men. One of them was standing by a Ford truck and the other man had been shot several times and was leaning against a black Chevrolet truck.
The man standing by the Ford truck was identified as the gunman, Garcia Garza. The man who was shot was identified as his neighbor, 50-year-old Agustin Anguiano Vega.
Garza told deputies he was in a physical altercation with Vega and shot him.
A witness said she had seen the two men standing near each other and then heard gunshots. She saw Vega had been shot and Garza ran inside the house holding a handgun.
She later provided deputies with the black handgun she said Garza placed on the kitchen table after the shooting.
Vega was transported to McAllen Medical Center where he was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Jason Peña at 4:43 a.m.
The sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant on the property and they say they found drugs inside Garza’s truck.
Garza’s bond was set at $500,000 on the murder charge, $10,000 for possession of a controlled substance, and $1,000 for possession of marijuana.
He remains jailed.