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Homicide suspect shot in Nebraska

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man on the lam since he allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend in Norcross two years ago was gunned down this week in Nebraska during a confrontation with police.

Authorities on Friday identified the suspect as Nicholas Manfredo Pena-Lopez, 41, by his fingerprints.

While living in Gwinnett County he used the alias Camilo DeJesus Pena-Lopez, and he had apparently been living under the assumed name of Hermalindo Rivas in Illinois, according to the Chicago Daily Herald. Pena-Lopez was an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, the Chicago newspaper said.

Pena-Lopez allegedly fired a gun at Nebraska state troopers when a pursuit ended on an interstate near Overton, Neb. The trooper fired back and killed him.

Authorities were chasing Pena-Lopez because he was wanted in Mundelein, Ill., for shooting and injuring two landlords who threatened to evict him.

Upon learning his true identity, investigators discovered Pena-Lopez was also considered a fugitive suspect in the Dec. 6, 2003, slaying of his ex-girlfriend, 28-year-old Maria Rafaela-Flores, at Magnolia Hills Apartment complex off Brookhollow Parkway in Norcross.

Gwinnett County police said Rafaela-Flores was scared of him and had been hiding out at that apartment with friends. Pena-Lopez reportedly threatened violence against her several times prior to her slaying.

Pena-Lopez tracked Rafaela-Flores down at her apartment, where she let him inside and he shot her multiple times, police said. An 8-year-old and a 1-year-old child who were inside the apartment witnessed the shooting.

Arrest warrants were secured that day for Pena-Lopez on charges of murder and second-degree cruelty to children, but he disappeared.

"We followed leads on the case initially, but we were not able to find him and the trail was cold," said Stacey Kelley, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department. "We continued to work the case, but had no leads or tips until last year."

The tip - that Pena-Lopez was in Georgia or on his way back - also led nowhere, Kelley said.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.