Garland Police Seek Public’s Help Locating Murder Suspect

By Staff Reporter
Murder Suspect Cuahutemoc Merlan (Courtesy: Garland PD)
GARLAND – May 8, 2021 – On Friday night, May 7, just before 8:00 p.m., Garland Police responded to a report that someone had been shot at an apartment community in the 4200 block of West Walnut Street. Officers responding to the location found a man behind an apartment building suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting as a murder. Investigators learned that there were several subjects playing soccer in a courtyard area at the apartments. While they were playing, another man approached the individuals, displayed a handgun, and shot several times, striking the victim. It is believed the suspect fired at another individual as well but did not strike him. The suspect then fled prior to the officer's arrival.

The shooter is identified as Cuahutemoc Merlan, 21, and a murder warrant has been issued for his arrest. Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Merlan. If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, they are encouraged to call 911.

The reason for the shooting has not yet been determined, and investigators consider Merlan to be armed and dangerous.

Tipsters may remain anonymous by contacting Garland Crime Stoppers at:
972-272-8477 (TIPS), or on the web at

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

Garland PD says that this is an ongoing investigation and the identity of the victim is not being released at this time.