Fugitive wanted in murder surrenders after standoff

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  • Frank Perez Jr. was on the run for 12 years
  • He's wanted in an Indiana killing and a Mexico kidnapping
A fugitive who had been on the run for 12 years surrendered Tuesday in Verona, Pennsylvania, after a nearly three-hour standoff with FBI and local law enforcement agencies.
Frank Perez Jr. fired multiple shots at officers, but no one was injured, FBI spokesman Jeff Killeen said. Law enforcement officers only fired gas into the house where Perez had taken refuge in an effort to get him to give up, Killeen said.
The FBI had known Perez was in the area for about a week and viewed him as extremely dangerous and very likely to have guns, Killeen said.
Perez, 30, is wanted in a 1999 murder in Lake County, Indiana, and in a kidnapping in Mexico.
"Twelve years is a long time to be on the run," Killeen said. "It finally caught up with him."
Perez is expected to make an initial court appearance in federal court in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.