Man found dead in NC front yard after shooting; suspect found nearby, police say

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UCSO Mugshot Antonio Palacios.

MONROE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A suspect has been arrested for fatally shooting a man in Monroe on Friday night before fleeing the scene, the Monroe Police Department said.

Officers found 43-year-old Ricardo Mendez dead in the front yard of a home on 304 Richard Street Friday evening with multiple gunshot wounds.

The investigation found that Mendez was killed after an altercation with 21-year-old Antonio Palacios that led to the gunfire.

Palacios fled the scene but officers found him with a handgun behind the residence in between fences in the neighborhood.

Palacios was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and is currently in custody at the Union County Sheriff’s Office without bond.

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