Corpus Christi TX

December 13, 2011 by staff 

Corpus Christi TX, Alice police officer Jose Gonzales III was supposed to report for duty at 7 a.m. Monday.

Instead, authorities said, Gonzales, wearing his police uniform pants and a jacket, and armed with police-issued rifles and handguns, went to Corpus Christi for a fatal confrontation with his commonlaw wife, who left him less than two weeks ago.

Leslie Morin, 31, died after being shot multiple times, said Ric Ortiz, chief investigator with the Nueces County medical examiner’s office.

Gonzales, 44, eventually surrendered to police and was charged with murder. Bail was set at $250,000, and he was being held in the Nueces County Jail.

Authorities have not released a motive for the shooting, saying it is still under investigation.

Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno said Gonzales had been upset about the recent separation from Morin.

“She left to Annaville; he stayed behind,” Bueno said.

Police were called to the shooting about 7:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Highwood Street in Annaville.

Morin and her mother were hiding in a closet when Gonzales broke open the door, grabbed Morin and shot her, Ortiz said. Morin’s mother was unharmed.

Witnesses said Gonzales left the home with the couple’s 8-year-old son. Authorities worried Gonzales might hurt the boy or himself, but Bueno said Gonzales never threatened to injure his son.

Authorities in two counties searched for Gonzales before finding his pickup parked at his home in Alice within about an hour of the shooting. Bueno said officers had been driving by the home, anticipating Gonzales might go there.

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