WINDER, Ga. (AP) — A man has been charged with murder in the death of a high school student who authorities say tried to intervene in an argument involving one of the suspect’s sons.
The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office tells news outlets 45-year-old Roberto Arellano, of Winder, fatally shot 18-year-old Jose Tovar-Campuzano on Friday night outside the suspect’s home.
Responding deputies found Arellano in a driveway, holding pressure on the victim’s gunshot wound to try to keep him alive. The East Jackson Comprehensive High School senior was taken to a hospital and died during surgery.
Arellano told investigators he was defending his son, whom Tovar-Campuzano and two others threatened to beat up.
Deputies determined Tovar-Campuzano was actually attempting to mediate the dispute between the son and another person.