By Muhammad Atef | April 8, 2021

Woman found shot, killed in Fort Smith; suspect in custody

32-year-old victim Jessica Ann Chavez was found dead in her bedroom. 24-year-old Ervin Eduardo Nafate Ruiz has been arrested on First Degree Murder charges.

FORT SMITH, Ark. — A homicide investigation is underway in Fort Smith after a woman was found dead Thursday (April 8) morning. 

According to Aric Mitchell, Public Information Officer with the Fort Smith Police Department, around 6:15 a.m. Thursday officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Brazil Avenue off of Zero Street in reference to a shooting. 

Upon arrival, officers found 32-year-old victim Jessica Ann Chavez in her bedroom. She was pronounced dead at the scene, so the FSPD Criminal Investigations Division responded.

Mitchell says after a thorough investigation, detectives were able to identify 24-year-old Ervin Eduardo Nafate Ruiz as the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant for First Degree Murder. He was taken into custody by the Poteau Police Department after the FSPD Communications Unit disseminated his information to other area law enforcement agencies. 

“We would like to thank all of the men and women, both inside and outside of our Department, who aided in the investigation and apprehension of Mr. Ruiz, as well as the public for their patience and support,” Mitchell said in a released statement.

Police believe there is no further threat to the public.

Check back for updates to this developing story as 5NEWS continues to gather details. 

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