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A man who earned a spot on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list after opening fire at a crowded Milwaukee Park in 2006 during a heated argument with his estranged wife, killing two and wounding three others, has been captured in Mexico.
The FBI announced that Octaviano Juarez-Corro was apprehended Thursday night in Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico after more than a decade on the run.
“Octaviano Juarez-Corro spent the last 16 years running from law enforcement, hiding in another country, and believing time and distance was on his side,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael Hensle, of the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office. “The FBI has a long reach and extraordinary law enforcement partnerships across the globe. I commend the tireless efforts of all our partners from Milwaukee to Mexico in closely coordinating with the FBI in capturing this wanted fugitive and helping to bring this violent offender to justice, as well as closure to the victims and their families.”
Juarez-Corro had been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in September of 2021.
Investigators have alleged that Juarez-Corro went to South Shore Park on the banks of Lake Michigan on May 29, 2006, as hundreds of families were celebrating Memorial Day and approached a friend of his estranged wife.
At the time, Juarez-Corro and his wife had been in the final stages of a divorce and shared a 3-year-old child together.
He demanded to see his daughter but his wife, who was also at the park that day, told him he was not allowed to see the child and asked him to leave, according to an earlier statement from the FBI.
Juarez-Corro allegedly “became agitated” and pulled a handgun from the waistband of his pants.
He demanded that five of the people at the party get down on their knees and began shooting them “execution-style,” authorities said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“All of a sudden, within this, you know, split second, it turns into a massive shooting scenario where five people are ultimately struck,” Agent Steve Whitecotton said in an episode of the Inside the FBI podcast.
Two people, including the friend Juarez-Corro had first approached, were killed. His wife was shot twice in the chest but survived the attack. Two other people at the scene were also injured.
Investigators believed that Juarez-Corro had fled to Mexico after the deadly shooting, but for years he remained on the run.
“With his capture, we are one step closer to bringing justice and closure to the victims, the victims’ families and everyone that was impacted by this traffic event,” Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said in the statement from authorities.
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