An ex-LAPD officer suspected in a fatal March shooting in the Los Angeles area has returned to Southern California to face a murder charge.
Henry Solis was handcuffed in the back seat of an unmarked patrol car on Thursday, accompanied by three Pomona police detectives on the final leg back from Mexico to be booked in his hometown jail on suspicion of murder.
Solis was wanted on a homicide charge stemming from a March 13 shooting in Pomona that left a man dead. He was released from a Texas jail on Thursday and flew into LAX about 1 p.m. the same day.
Pomona police Lt. Hector Rodriguez said the 27-year-old will be arraigned Friday or the following Monday. After that he'll be transported to a Los Angeles County jail, where he'll await a preliminary hearing.
El Paso County Jail officials confirmed that Solis was released, a day after Pomona's police chief said that Solis would soon be taken to a local jail. Solis waived extradition at a hearing in El Paso on Wednesday, May 27, according to a spokeswoman for the El Paso District Attorney.
A one-time Los Angeles Police Department officer, Solis was apprehended in Juarez in May after a long search and deported to El Paso. Federal authorities said Solis fled to Mexico with help from his father, Victor Solis.
A federal warrant issued for Henry Solis' arrest in March alleges that he ran after Rodriguez after the bar altercation, then "shot him multiple times."
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He was fired by the department following the shooting.
Victor Solis was convicted by a federal jury in El Paso on Thursday of lying to the FBI about helping his fugitive son, the Department of Justice US Attorney's Office said in a statement.
Patrick Healy contributed to this report.