Suspect in early morning homicide arrested, identified as 21-year-old

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The Smith County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest after a manhunt was issued following an early Sunday morning homicide.

According to the department, deputies were called to the 8700 block of County Road 384 in Tyler around 5:30 a.m.

When they arrived, they found a woman dead from a gunshot wound, and determined who they believed the person responsible for the crime was. Deputies were informed that person had left the scene in a Ford pick-up.

Once they received this information, they put out an alert to additional law enforcement agencies.

Shortly after that, Tyler Police officers were able to locate the vehicle in the 1000 block of East Commerce Street.

Officials say the vehicle had crashed at that location and was flipped onto its side, and the man accused of the shooting had left the scene. That prompted the manhunt.

Shortly after 5 p.m., Smith County investigators were able to establish contact with the suspect, now indentified as Catalino Marin Jr., 21, of Tyler, whos agreed to turn himself in at a residence located in the 1100 block of N. Confederate in Tyler.

Authorities arrested Marin and took him into custody.

The victim has been identified as Diamond Samantha Cruz, 21, of Tyler.

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