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Arrest made in connection with death of Fall River man

A Rhode Island man was arrested this afternoon in connection with the death of a 26-year-old Fall River man early this morning, according to the Bristol district attorney’s office.

William Tate, 34, of East Providence, R.I., was charged in the killing of David Rodriguez, 26, who was found near a loading dock outside the Ship’s Cove Apartment complex at 130 Canal St., where he lived, around 1 a.m., according to a statement from the district attorney’s office. Tate was taken to St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, where he was pronounced dead.

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The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, according to the statement.

Tate was arrested this afternoon on Point Street in East Providence and charged in Massachusetts with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the district attorney’s office. He was also charged in Rhode Island as being a fugitive from justice.

Tate will be arraigned on the fugitive-from-justice charge Monday morning in Providence District Court. The date of his arraignment on the Massachusetts charges is pending his decision on whether to waive rendition.

Fall River police, Massachusetts State Police detectives, East Providence police, and prosecutors from the district attorney’s homicide unit are investigating the death.

Anne Steele can be reached at anne.steele@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @AnneMarieSteele.
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