Harker Heights murder suspect found in California


A man wanted in a March 10 murder in Harker Heights has been found in California.

26-year-old Joseph Manuel Blas had been wanted in the shooting death of Thomas Raymond West who was found in the 1000 block of Indian Trail when police answered calls about shots being heard fired.

Joseph Manuel Blas

The victim was able to talk as officers and emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene but died shortly from gunshot wounds to the abdomen and hip.

Police were able to identify Blas as a suspect and obtained an arrest warrant for him March 12.

Blas remained in the Orange County, California Central Jail as of Monday awaiting extradition to Texas.

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