Arrest made in fatal shooting outside Fargo McDonald’s

FARGO -- A 44-year-old suspect in a fatal shooting outside of a McDonald's in Fargo was arrested by authorities in southern Minnesota on Monday, Sept. 24.

FARGO - A 44-year-old suspect in a fatal shooting outside of a McDonald’s in Fargo was arrested by authorities in southern Minnesota on Monday, Sept. 24.

Miguel Jay Cooley Sr., of Moorhead, was arrested at 7:40 p.m. Monday at a home west of Rochester in Mower County by the Austin Police Department SWAT team, according to a news release from Fargo police.

Cooley surrendered to the SWAT officers after they ordered him out of the home, police said.

He was wanted in connection with the homicide of 20-year-old Gabriel Perez, who was fatally shot while sitting outside of McDonald’s, 905 Main Ave. in Fargo, at about 5:20 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.

Police said Cooley pulled up in a dark Chevrolet Trailblazer and fired a gun several times at Perez. The victim tried to run, but collapsed and died at the scene.

The Trailblazer was found in Moorhead about 7:30 p.m. Sunday and taken to an impound lot, police said.