NORTH PORT (WSNN) - Saturday night, 51-year-old Modero Cruz of North Port, was booked into the Sarasota County Jail for murder.

He is charged with the murder of 43-year-old Dylan James Baker.

North Port Police say they responded to a shooting at an apartment, Saturday at 9 a.m.

They found Baker dead. An investigation found that the two had been in a fight and had to be physically separated. 

Baker went to his room, and police say Cruz went to his living area and retrieved a 9 mm pistol. They say he then loaded a round into the chamber went to Baker's room and shot him in the stomach. 

Baker tried to crawl to the front door but died from his wounds.

Cruz is now in the Sarasota County Jail.

UPDATE: 

51-year-old Cruz Modero of North Port is in jail after being charged for the murder of 43-year-old Dylan James Baker.

“Domestic roommate type argument which turned violent, and calmer heads needed to prevail and unfortunately the individual who we arrested decided to pick up that gun and fire that gun," said North Port Police PIO, Josh Taylor. 

North Port Police say they responded to a shooting at an apartment at the Grande Court apartments in the 5000 block of Greenwood Ave Saturday morning. Police found Baker dead and further investigation found that the two had been in a fight and had to be physically separated.

“There were two other individuals that were in the home and they’ve been helpful in the investigation to what happened, certainly the individual that we arrested makes an argument that he was defending himself but going over all of the elements and eye witness accounts it just doesn’t meet the requirements for that," said Taylor. 

Police reports say Baker went to his room, and Cruz went to his living area and retrieved a 9 mm pistol. They say he then loaded a round into the chamber went to Baker's room and shot him in the stomach. Baker tried to crawl to the front door but died from his wounds.

Neighbors say police activity came as a surprise early Saturday morning

“The sirens and then the ambulance and I thought well this doesn’t look good but I really didn’t think much about it, since were right next to the fire station but I was kind of shocked the next morning when I got the news," said North Port Resident, Kevin Kaderli. 

Neighbors say the apartment complex is usually quiet, as many have moved out within the last year

“Two fellas were having an argument, that’s all I heard, it’s sad that someone did lose their life over it," said North Port Resident, Justin Sheridan. 

“We have a family that is grieving for the loss of their loved one, its very unfortunate," said Taylor. 

Modero was booked into the Sarasota County Jail on a murder charge Sunday.