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He was wanted for questioning in the killing of a co-worker. Police found him in a Tri-City hotel

The Tri-City Regional SWAT team went to the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick after learning a man wanted in connection with a Umatilla County murder investigation was inside.
The Tri-City Regional SWAT team went to the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick after learning a man wanted in connection with a Umatilla County murder investigation was inside. Kennewick Police Department

A man wanted for questioning in connection with a murder at an Oregon creamery was found in a hotel room on Clover Island in Kennewick.

Oregon investigators have released few details about Deciderio Cruz Vargas’ alleged connection to the Monday morning shooting of a Milton-Freewater dairy worker.

Renee Luiz-Antonio, 35, was reportedly shot on his tractor at the Umapine Creamery by a co-worker following an ongoing dispute, said Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan.

Kennewick police received a tip that Vargas was staying at the Clover Island Inn late Monday and the Tri-City Regional SWAT team was called in to help arrest him, police said.

Vargas, 52, was arrested without incident and booked into the Benton County jail just before 8 a.m. on a fugitive from justice warrant.

The creamery is near Milton-Freewater and produces artisan cheeses for Northeast Oregon and Eastern Washington.

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402; Twitter @cameroncprobert
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