Man arrested in 2008 shooting death of brother

A man has been arrested on a murder warrant for accidentally shooting his brother with an assault rifle two years ago.

Mario Rocha-Angulo, 30, also known as "Marco Rocha," was arrested Saturday on a charge of murder with a deadly weapon in the July 2008 shooting of Ricardo Rocha-Angulo, according to his arrest report.

The report said Mario Rocha-Angulo was sitting in the backseat of a car with an assault rifle when the gun accidentally discharged, striking his brother Ricardo, the driver, in the back of the head.

Rocha-Angulo then drove the car to his home to 6222 Glacier Ave., near Lake Mead Boulevard and Mt. Hood Street, where he hid the assault rifle and a handgun in the house before calling 911, the report said. Both guns were later found by police officers executing a search warrant.

Rocha-Angulo initially told detectives the men were shot at by three black men in a Cadillac, but evidence showed the gunshots came from inside the vehicle, the report said.

Rocha-Angulo later admitted to detectives he had accidentally shot his brother. The Clark County coroner’s office ruled the death accidental.

Although the act was not believed to be premeditated, officers wrote that because of recklessness and the "fictitious story" told to obstruct the investigation Rocha-Angulo should be charged with murder, the report said.

An arrest warrant was obtained about a week after the incident, but police could not find Rocha-Angulo and thought he had fled to Mexico. He was arrested in Las Vegas.

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