SAN JOSE, CA. – Police investigators believe the suspect in a double homicide traveled from the Central Valley to San Jose after shooting and killing his son’s mother. The suspect also killed another person hours earlier, authorities said.
Relatives identified the slain woman as Michelle Rose Gonzales, 29, of Modesto.
The victim’s aunt said the young woman had a relationship with the man accused of her murder.
The recurring couple shared a 6-month-old baby boy named Raymond. Gonzales also had an eldest daughter.
The slain woman’s aunt said her niece was worried about the relationship with her son’s father due to verbal abuse. However, the woman never reported these concerns to the police.
Modesto Police investigators said around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday that the suspect arrived in the 500 block of Ramsey Drive on Tuesday and killed the mother of two.
The crime was preceded by the suspect who allegedly killed a man on Mount Shasta Drive in East San Jose about two hours earlier.
sergeant. Christian Camarillo said: “We arrived there and found a person with a life threatening injury. This person was taken to a local hospital where they were later pronounced dead.”
After allegedly committing both murders, the suspect returned to San Jose where a police pursuit ensued.
Investigators said during the chase, the suspect began shooting at the pursuing officers while he was in the car with a second wife and two children.
Detectives said at some point the suspect let the passengers out and continued to evade police.
“He abandoned his vehicle during a collision in the Bendorf and Round Table sector. He fled on foot from the officers who were pursuing him. During this pursuit on foot, he shot at our officers,” said said Camarillo.
The suspect barricaded himself in a shed behind a house in the 100 block of Bendorf Drive for 12 hours. He fired multiple times from the Edenvale neighborhood home, police said.
A neighbor said he heard the din and was scared because his wife and children were inside his house and were afraid to come out.
At approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, the suspect left the shed and went outside. Authorities said the man pointed a gun at officers who opened fire, ultimately killing the suspect.
“He was a very violent and armed individual who was on the streets of our city,” Camarillo said. Adding: “It didn’t end the way we wanted it to. This suspect kind of sealed his fate when he came out and pointed a gun at our officers.”