Oakland Police Detain Person of Interest Muralist Slaying

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OAKLAND (AP) —

A person of interest in the slaying of an artist who was shot to death while working on a community mural in a freeway underpass is in custody, authorities said Monday.

Artist Antonio Ramos was fatally shot in September and last month police released a surveillance photo showing a person of interest sought in the shooting.

Police wouldn’t say whether that person is the same man who is in custody, the Oakland Tribune reported.

Police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said the name of the man detained will be released once the case has been formally charged.

Ramos, of Emeryville, was helping to paint a mural under an Interstate 580 overpass when he was gunned down after an apparent argument with the shooter, police said.

The killer then ran away. At the time of the shooting, Ramos was with a group of 10 artists working on the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project. The series of six murals is being produced by ArtEsteem, a West Oakland group that seeks to stop violence by inspiring people with art and education.

Crime Stoppers of Oakland offered a reward of as much as $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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