Arrest made in Brownsville library shooting death

Brownsville Police Department officers along with Texas Rangers investigate a shooting that left one man dead Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the Brownsville Public Library Main Branch along Central Boulevard. (Miguel Roberts | The Brownsville Herald)
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Brownsville police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Saturday afternoon outside the Brownsville Public Library.

Humberto Paz
Humberto Paz

Authorities arrived around 12:04 p.m. at the Brownsville Public Library, located in the 2600 block of Central Boulevard in Brownsville, in reference to an “unknown disturbance,” the Brownsville Police Department said via Facebook.

At the scene, authorities found an unresponsive male subject with “a gunshot wound to the head.” The victim, identified as 71-year-old Vahid Khaledi, died at the scene.

Police arrested 33-year-old Humberto Paz at the library. He was arraigned Sunday and given $3.25 million in bonds for first-degree murder and second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

At the crime scene Saturday, Texas Rangers joined the investigation and were observed photographing a red vehicle in the parking lot while Brownsville police continued their probe at the library’s main branch.

In a statement Sunday, Brownsville police said on Facebook that the shooting erupted from an argument between the two.

“Preliminary information revealed that the incident arose due to a verbal altercation between the victim and the aggressor, both (sic) whom were visiting the library,” police said. “Other claims related to this incident are unconfirmed at this time and remain under investigation.”

The library took to Facebook on Saturday night to announce that it is temporarily closed following the shooting.

“The Brownsville Public Library Main Branch will be closed until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding,” the library stated.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with new information.