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Man wanted for murder in B.C. arrested by multiple police teams in California

A man wanted in connection with a first-degree murder charge in British Columbia has been arrested in California.
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 Brandon Teixeira is shown in an Integrated Homicide Investigation Team handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Integrated Homicide Investigation TeamBrandon Teixeira is shown in an Integrated Homicide Investigation Team handout photo. Police in British Columbia are preparing to announce a new strategy in the search for a wanted man. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

SURREY, B.C. — A man wanted in connection with a first-degree murder charge in British Columbia has been arrested in California.

Police in the United States say 28-year-old Brandon Teixeira is in prison pending extradition proceedings.

Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team in British Columbia says Teixeira is wanted in the murder of Nicholas Khabra in Surrey in October 2017.

Jang says police in B.C. believed Teixeira had gone to Alberta, where they appealed to the public for help.

In April, the RCMP announced a $55,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says in a news release an arrest was made after an armoured vehicle was rammed as a suspect tried to evade police in another vehicle when they served a search warrant at a home in Oroville, Calif., on Sunday.

Jang said the arrest came through a collaborative effort between police agencies including the RCMP liaison officer in Los Angeles and a task force led by the U.S. Marshals, along with the Butte County and Tehama SWAT teams and the Chico Police Department

"There hasn't been a day that's gone by that we weren't looking for him," he said on Monday. "Nothing led us to him. There were a lot of look-alikes and close calls."

The RCMP say Teixeira was charged with first-degree murder on Sept. 6, 2018, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2019.