Police chief relieved for arrest in former officer's slaying

Posted at 6:02 AM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 07:02:55-05

BLACKWELL, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma police chief says it was a relief to hear that the suspect in the 2013 killing of one of his former officers was arrested in Mexico.

Blackwell Police Chief Dwayne Wood said Friday there were "no sweeter words." Luis Octavio Frias, accused of fatally stabbing his ex-wife Janett Reyna in front of her children, was arrested Wednesday near Guadalajara, Mexico.

A former Blackwell police officer, Reyna filed a protective order against Frias two days before her death. At the time she was killed, Reyna was domestic violence prevention coordinator for the Ponca Tribal Police Department.

U.S. Marshal Johnny Lee Kuhlman says the arrest came after authorities got a "very detailed tip" from someone in Guadalajara who saw the case profiled on the television show "In Pursuit with John Walsh."

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