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Caleb Bartels (Credit: CHP Susanville)

Caleb Bartels, 27 (Credit: CHP Susanville)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities say a man sought in the shooting death of a 26-year-old Phoenix-area high school math teacher has been arrested in northern California.

Tempe police say the California Highway Patrol arrested 27-year-old Caleb Bartels Saturday after an off-duty CHP officer spotted Bartels’ vehicle parking along a highway near Doyle.

Police say several officers then located Bartels and arrested him without incident.

Arizona authorities had issued a warrant charging Bartels with homicide and other crimes in the January 15 killing of Ryne Zahner. The teacher a Mesa High School was shot in his Tempe home’s backyard early that morning.

Bartels was booked into the Lassen County Jail in Susanville.

Tempe police had notified authorities in Oregon, Nevada and California that he might be headed to cities in those states.