Man, 21, Wanted in Fatal Shooting at Garland Apartment Complex

Police have issued a murder warrant for the arrest of 21-year-old Cuahutemoc Merlan

Police have issued a murder warrant for the arrest of Cuahutemoc Merlan, 21, in connection with a fatal shooting Friday, May 7, 2021, at an apartment complex on West Walnut Street. (Garland Police Department)

Garland police are searching for a 21-year-old man accused of fatally shooting another man while he played soccer at an apartment complex Friday night.

Officers responded shortly before 8 p.m. to the 4200 block of West Walnut Street, where they found the victim behind an apartment building with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim, identified Monday as 21-year-old Denver Yanes-Carrillo, was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

Police said several people had been playing soccer in a courtyard at the apartment community when Cuahutemoc Merlan approached them, displayed a handgun and fired several shots, some of which struck Yanes-Carrillo.

Police think Merlan also fired at another person, but that person was not hit.

A murder warrant has been issued for Merlan's arrest. He is considered armed and dangerous, police said. Monday, police released a video of a man they say is Merlan running through the apartments, past a gas station and disappearing into an apartment complex across the street.

Garland police on Monday released security camera footage of a man wanted for murder running away from an apartment complex after a deadly shooting there on Friday.

Investigators have not determined the motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information about Merlan's location may call 911. Anonymous tips may also be made by calling Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477 or on

A reward of up to $5,000 has been issued for information that leads to his arrest.

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