Police arrested a former Miami Hurricanes football player Thursday in connection to the November 2006 shooting death of teammate Bryan Pata, nearly 15 years after the crime and nine months after an ESPN investigation pointed out missteps in the long-stalled police inquiry.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said U.S. marshals arrested Rashaun Jones, 35, on a first-degree murder charge in the killing. In a video issued on Twitter, Detective Juan Segovia thanked the Pata family and the community for keeping the pressure on to solve the case.

“The community never stopped contacting us,” Segovia said. “Even if we got a thousand tips and only one was the one that actually put the pieces together, that’s what it took, and that’s exactly what happened in this case.

“I can only hope that this brings the Pata family a little bit of closure and a little bit of satisfaction.”

Jones was arrested in Ocala, Florida, on a homicide warrant obtained Tuesday by Miami-Dade police, according to a statement from the U.S. Marshals Service.

He was being held in Marion County, about 70 miles northwest of Orlando, and is awaiting extradition to Miami-Dade. It was not immediately clear whether Jones has an attorney who could comment.

“It’s really a surprise,” former Hurricanes coach Larry Coker told ESPN. “I’m just glad things are moving forward and that things are getting solved.”

Several of Pata’s former Miami teammates offered mixed reactions to the news of Jones’ arrest. Chris Zellner told ESPN via text message that he is “happy that they caught Bryan’s killer” but also “sad” that the suspect is “someone from our team.” Kyle Wright, in a text to ESPN, said he is “shocked and heartbroken,” while Willie Williams described “tears of relief and joy.”