AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police arrested a man in connection to a homicide of someone who was shot near a creek in southeast Austin Monday afternoon.

Zacariah Mechi Lopez, 23, was arrested by the Lonestar Fugitive Task Force on March 8. Lopez was arrested on a first-degree murder warrant and booked into Travis County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Police said the investigation happened down an embankment by the 4400 block of East Riverside Drive, which is near the intersection with South Pleasant Valley Road.

Officers said police received a 911 call about the shooting just after 2 p.m. The caller told police the victim was a man in his mid-20s. Police have identified the victim as Jesse Robert Hernandez, 24.

Police said Hernandez had “obvious signs of trauma.” When officers arrived, police said they worked to revive him, but they pronounced him dead at the scene at about 2:18 p.m.

The deadly shooting is the 16th homicide of the year in Austin, according to police.

Austin Police is investigating a homicide on East Riverside Drive near South Pleasant Valley Road the afternoon of March 7, 2022. (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
Austin Police is investigating a homicide on East Riverside Drive near South Pleasant Valley Road the afternoon of March 7, 2022. (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

The Austin Transportation Department said the police activity in the area had one westbound lane of Riverside blocked.