From the Altamonte Springs Police Department
At approximately 10:00 pm on November 10, 2020, the Altamonte Springs Police
Department responded to a shooting at the Destiny Springs Condominiums off Wymore
When officers arrived, they discovered a male victim, later identified as Zachary Duarte, age 28, lying on the floor of the apartment with a gunshot wound. Officers immediately began performing CPR on Duarte until Seminole County Fire Rescue arrived. After several
unsuccessful attempts by officers and paramedics to revive Duarte, he was pronounced
deceased at the scene.
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Duarte, his girlfriend, and
Heriberto Cruz-Vargas, were all in the apartment just before the shooting. A verbal argument between Duarte and Cruz-Vargas ensued. Cruz-Vargas, armed with a handgun, fired one round at Duarte, striking him in the chest. Duarte’s girlfriend immediately called the police.
Cruz-Vargas remained at the scene until officers arrived.
Cruz-Vargas was arrested for Second Degree Murder, in violation of F.S.S. 782.04(2). He was transported to the Seminole County Jail where he remains incarcerated with no bond.
If anyone has any additional information regarding this incident, they are asked to please
contact the ASPD at (407)339-2441. Anonymous tips may also be phoned into Crimeline at