HARLINGEN — Police are investigating the first murder of the year.
According to a Harlingen Police Department news release, officers were called to Harlingen Medical Center at 2:07 a.m. Wednesday morning for a man who died of a gunshot wound.
Investigators learned the shooting happened inside an apartment at the Rosemont Apartments at 1901 E. Tyler, just east of 19th Street.
The suspect in the shooting is a 16-year-old Harlingen boy who is being charged with the murder of a 32-year-old Brownsville man.
He currently is being held at the Daryl Hester Juvenile Detention Center where he will see the judge.
According to witnesses, the victim was at a party at the apartment complex when he began to fight with another man.
During the altercation, the suspect shot the victim in the back, police said.
“Investigators believe this is a known and invited subject to persons at the apartment and an isolated incident where an individual used deadly force against another during an altercation,” police said.
The victim died at the scene and was then transported Harlingen Medical Center.
HPD’s Major Crime Unit and Organized Crime Unit led the investigation, interviewed witnesses, processed the initial scene and were able to identify the suspect, police said.
Shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday, members of HPD’s Organized Crime Unit, Major Crimes Unit, HPD SWAT, and the U.S. Marshalls Gulf Coast Violent Offender & Fugitive Task Force arrested the suspect at the 1400 block of Morgan Boulevard.
The name of the victim is being withheld until proper notification of family.
Police also have declined to release the suspects name because he is a juvenile.
No other information was provided by police.