Crime & Justice

Former LAPD officer wanted in killing appears in Texas court

In this photo provided by Mexico's attorney general's office, shows fugitive former Los Angeles police officer Henry Solis, 27, after he was captured by Mexican security forces in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Solis was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight outside a nightclub in Pomona, California on March 13.
In this photo provided by Mexico's attorney general's office, shows fugitive former Los Angeles police officer Henry Solis, 27, after he was captured by Mexican security forces in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Solis was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight outside a nightclub in Pomona, California on March 13.
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A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight has appeared in a Texas courtroom after his arrest in northern Mexico, authorities said.

Henry Solis, 27, went before a magistrate in El Paso for formal processing and was held in a city jail, police spokesman Darrel Petry said Wednesday.

Shortly after his arrest Tuesday in Ciudad Juarez, Solis was deported to Texas because he was living in violation of Mexican immigration law. He'll remain detained in El Paso to await proceedings for extradition to California.

The federal government expects to dismiss its warrant charging Solis with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, and the Los Angeles County district attorney will handle his extradition and prosecution, the FBI said at a news conference in Los Angeles,

The FBI said investigators developed information indicating Solis was residing in the Colonia El Mezquital area with family members.

He was captured by security forces just across the border from El Paso, the Chihuahua state attorney general's office said. The arrest was made thanks to an exchange of information with U.S. authorities and intelligence work.

Solis, who was a rookie LAPD officer, is wanted in the shooting death of Salome Rodriguez, 23, outside a nightclub in Pomona, California, on March 13. Investigators said the two had gotten into a dispute in the club.

"We pray that Salome Rodriguez's family can begin to heal as we move through the prosecution phase of this horrible crime," Pomona Police Chief Paul Capraro said Wednesday in a statement. Pomona police are continuing to investigate the killing.

Rodriguez's family and friends held a prayer vigil Tuesday night after hearing Solis was in custody.

"We're happy. We're happy that he was caught," his mother, Lidia Rodriguez, said through tears.

Solis' father, Victor, has been arrested and charged in federal court in El Paso with making false statements to FBI agents to help his son escape to Mexico.

Victor Solis said in an FBI interview that his son claimed to have five days of vacation and wanted to go to El Paso. The elder Solis said he drove his son to El Paso, where he dropped him at a bus station early March 14 and didn't see him again.

Victor Solis also claimed he later crossed the border into Mexico alone, but surveillance video captured him crossing with his son, according to an FBI affidavit.

A $25,000 reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest. The FBI said it was evaluating whether it would pay out the reward for Solis' capture.

This story has been updated.