RENO, Nev. – An international manhunt ended peacefully Friday when a Nevada man suspected of murdering his wife and shooting a judge turned himself into authorities in Mexico, FBI officials told FOX News.
Darren Mack, 45, a former Reno pawnshop dealer, surrendered to Mexican immigration officials in Puerto Vallarta just after midnight Friday morning.
“He was aware that things were tightening around him, with checkpoints that Mexican authorities were running,” Reno Police Chief Mike Poehlman said. “He was obviously following the media, that Mexican media picked up, which led to him contacting his attorneys.”
Mack arrived back in the United States on an American Airlines Flight to Dallas where he was taken into custody by Dallas Airport Authorities. Mack does not have a scheduled flight back to Reno.
Once back in Reno, Mack will be charged with murder of his estranged wife, Charla Mack, 39, and the attempted murder of Judge Chuck Weller, Poehlman said.
Mack chose not to fight extradition so that he could be with his family, his attorney, Scott Freeman, told FOX News. Freeman expected Mack to return to Reno by the end of the day.
Mack's surrender comes a day after he was expected to turn himself in the U.S. Consulate in Puerto Vallarta. Calls had been going back and forth between Mack and a U.S. district attorney, who Mack has known for 20 years, as officials tried to negotiate the suspect's surrender. Mack was trying to strike a deal so he could avoid the death penalty, but no such deal was reached.
Officials were pleased with the arrest.
"The arrest of accused killer Darren Roy Mack proves that criminals cannot find a safe haven on either side of the border," said Antonio Garza, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
Police are still searching for Mack's vehicle.
FOX News' Christina Cuesta, Dan Springer and the Associated Press contributed to this report.