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Recently released Rhode Island man arrested in Massachusetts, suspect in murder of 27-year-old Emmanuel Torres Plaza



Emmanuel Torres Plaza

Police have released the name of a suspect in a fatal shooting that took place on Saturday evening.

According to police, officers responded to a reported shooting in the area of Dexter Street and Sumner Avenue in Central Falls just after 9:15 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers located a Hispanic man in his late twenties suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The man was later declared dead at the scene.

27-year-old Emmanuel Torres Plaza was the victim killed by gunfire while walking to his car after working at a barbershop.

According to Central Falls Police, 39-year-old Louis Lopez of Pawtucket was arrested later that night in Plainville, MA for allegedly setting fire to the suspect vehicle and fleeing from the scene. Lopez was discovered to be in possession of two firearms, a mask, gloves, and a bullet-proof vest.

It was later determined that Lopez, who knew Torres Plaza, allegedly waited for the victim to come out of work before shooting him multiple times.

Lopez is still in custody in Massachusetts and will be charged with murder in addition to other gun charges.

Police stated that Lopez was recently released from prison in Massachusetts after serving 15 years for manslaughter.

The motive and the exact relationship between the two were not immediately released.

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