The last remaining suspect wanted in the shooting of former Major League Baseball star David Ortiz was murdered in broad daylight in the Dominican Republic.
Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase, 33, was driving when he was intercepted and gunned down by a group of gunmen in the northern city of Santiago on Sunday.
The National Police revealed Monday that Rivas-Clase led two cars on a high speed chase following a heated conversation.
Rivas-Clase attempted to flee his assailants before he was shot across the street from a shopping center. He was pronounced dead the scene.
Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase, wanted by Dominican Republic authorities for his role in the June 2019 shooting of David Ortiz, was shot dead in the northern city of Santiago on Sunday
Former Major League Baseball great David Ortiz acknowledges the crowd Sunday night before the ceremonial first pitch from the family of fallen U.S. Marines Sergeant Johanny Rosario Pichardo, one of the 13 troops who were killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul on August 26
'Investigations are underway in order to clarify this homicide as well as to establish the identification and location of those responsible for corresponding law purposes,' the National Police said in a statement.
Dominican authorities had been searching for Rivas-Clase for his connection to the June 10, 2019 shooting of Ortiz. The Boston Red Sox legend was shot along with television host Joel López during a night out in Santo Domingo.
Surveillance cameras captured Ortiz and his friends sitting around a sidewalk table when the gunman, Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, drove up and opened fire on him at point-blank range.
One of the attacker's bullets entered Ortiz's back and exited his stomach. López was hit in his leg.
Authorities in Santiago, Dominican Republic, guard the perimeter where Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase was executed Sunday. The 33-year-old was wanted by the police for his role in helping plot the 2019 bar shooting of Boston Red Sox legend, David Ortiz
Doctors in the Dominican Republic removed Ortiz's gallbladder and part of his intestine after the shooting, and he underwent further surgery at a hospital in Boston.
At least 13 other suspects have been arrested in connection to the shooting, which Rivas-Clase reportedly helped plot.
According to then-Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez, Ortiz was shot while sitting with intended target Sixto David Fernández at the table.
David Ortiz (second from right) shortly before he was shot on June 9, 2019 outside a bar in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
David Ortiz admitted he feared the worst after he was almost killed in his hometown Santo Domingo in 2019
Federal agents and local police in Reading, Pennsylvania, had been searching Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase for conspiring to kill a man in 2018
Authorities said Rivas-Clase, who was also known as ‘El Cirujano’ or ‘The Surgeon,’ was also wanted for a string of crimes as recently as September 24 for allegedly abducting Eladio Rafael Ramos and requesting a $709 payment to settle a debt. He was also wanted for the August 27 carjacking of Arturo José Reyes.
Rivas-Clase was also sought by federal and local authorities in Reading, Pennsylvania, for the conspiring to commit homicide in 2018.
According to court documents, Rivas-Clase had threatened to kill a man a couple of days before the victim was shot by Johansel A. Jackson, 19, on April 22, 2018.
The victim was shot in the lower back and survived. In April 2019, Jackson was sentenced to serve 12 to 35 years in prison.