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Wichita man who police say shot his girlfriend arrested two weeks later in New Mexico

Woman shot in south Wichita

Police were called out to 100 W. Mt. Vernon around 3:30pm Thursday, where a woman was shot. Police believe it was a domestic dispute and that they know how the suspect is and are now looking for him.
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Police were called out to 100 W. Mt. Vernon around 3:30pm Thursday, where a woman was shot. Police believe it was a domestic dispute and that they know how the suspect is and are now looking for him.

A wanted and dangerous man who Wichita police say shot his girlfriend two weeks ago has been arrested in New Mexico.

Eli Mendoza, 28, shot his 34-year-old girlfriend in the elbow and chest while she was driving a sport utility vehicle in south Wichita on Aug. 9, Officer Charley Davidson previously said. Sgt. David Nienstedt had said the woman had non-life-threatening injuries after the domestic dispute. Police said Mendoza was considered armed and dangerous.

Mendoza was booked into the Roosevelt County, N.M., Detention Center at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of concealing identity, possession of marijuana and a Kansas Department of Corrections warrant, detention administrator Justin Porter said.

Portales, N.M., police Lt. Chris Williams said officers were called to a location where a possible wanted person was staying. They found Mendoza and arrested him without incident, Williams said.

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