A 30-year-old Arizona woman was arrested in connection with the shooting death of another woman at a motel in Indio, police announced Tuesday.
Indio Police Department officers responded to the City Center Motel at 83597 Indio Blvd. at about 7:45 p.m. on March 31 to investigate reports of a woman who had been found dead, police said.
Investigators discovered 27-year-old Ashley Brito of Thousand Palms had been shot.
Police identified the suspected shooter as Carla Flores of Arizona and obtained a warrant for her arrest, police said.
Officers responded to a disturbance call at a motel in El Centro at about 4:45 a.m. Monday and arrested Flores on unrelated charges, police said.
Flores gave officers a false identity at the time of the arrest, but El Centro Police Department investigators confirmed her identity and learned of the arrest warrant in Indio.
Indio police detectives retrieved Flores from the Herbert Hughes Correctional Center in El Centro and returned her to Indio for questioning, police said. She was booked into the John Benoit Detention Center for murder.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call Major Crimes Unit Detective Justino Perez 760-391-4117. Anonymous tips can be called into Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867.
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