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Victim ID'd after fatal Fort Smith shooting

by NWA Democrat-Gazette | April 8, 2021 at 4:06 p.m.
Ervin Eduardo Nafate Ruiz

Jessica Ann Chavez was identified as the woman killed in an apartment early Thursday morning in Fort Smith, according to a press release from the department.

The police found Chavez dead in a bedroom after responding to a shooting call at approximately 6:15 a.m. at an apartment in the 1700 block of Brazil Ave, the released stated.

Ervin Eduardo Nafate Ruiz, 24, was identified as a suspect and arrested by the Poteau Police Department.


FORT SMITH -- A woman is dead after a shooting early Thursday, according to police.

Officers responded to an early morning call at the 1700 block of Brazil Avenue, according to a news release from the police department. The woman was dead when police arrived.

The Fort Smith Police Criminal Investigations Division has taken over the homicide investigation.

A suspect has been identified and interviewed, the release states.


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