SHELBY COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – A person of interest was arrested on Wednesday in a Joaquin homicide investigation, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities announced on Wednesday they received a call after a woman was found deceased at her home. She had gunshot injuries to her head, the sheriff’s office said. A 10-year-old boy reportedly discovered the situation and alerted his neighbor.
The sheriff’s office said the victim is 32-year-old Yuri Diana Barahona Garduza. Four children were reportedly home when law enforcement arrived, and they appeared to be physically OK.
Officials said Carlos Caporali Manuels is a person of interest in the case and was the stepfather of the children.
Law enforcement were looking for Caporali’s vehicle today and the Tyler Police Department located it near Valentine and North Spring Avenue.
He was believed to be driving a white 1998 Chevrolet S-10 with Texas plate PVL8948. Caporali possibly has connections to Tyler, according to authorities.
Caporali also called 911 around 5:51 p.m. and said he had been shot. He was taken to a Tyler hospital and received treatment. Caporali suffered injuries on his face due to a pellet gun, authorities said.
Caporali was taken into custody after he was released. The sheriff’s office said he was charged with murder and booked into the Smith County Jail. He was later taken to the Shelby County Jail and is awaiting arraignment.
An autopsy was ordered in this case and will be conducted in Dallas.
The sheriff’s office thanked the following agencies: Desoto Parish Sheriff Jaysen Richardson and his staff, Joaquin ISD, Golden Eye Clinic, Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, Tyler Police Department, Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Constables- Zack Warr, Jamie Hagler, Roy Cheatwood, Taylor Fanguy, and Josh Tipton, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Taylor Buster, Texas Ranger Jim Hicks, Tenaha Police Department, Joaquin First Responders and Shelby County District Attorney Karren Price.
Barahona’s children are now with a family member.
“We extend our condolences to the Barahona family. You are in our thoughts and prayers,” the sheriff’s office said.