MODESTO, Calif. (TCD) -- A suspect was shot dead in a police standoff after allegedly killing his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend.
According to a news release from the Modesto Police Department, on Tuesday, June 21, at approximately 9:20 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Ramsey Drive after a juvenile reported that her mother had been shot. Upon their arrival, authorities reportedly found Michelle Gonzales suffering from gunshot wounds outside her residence. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.
Gonzales leaves behind a 6-month-old son and a 10-year-old daughter, KTXL-TV reports. It was the daughter who reportedly called 911.
In a statement to KTXL, Sharon Bear with the Modesto Police Department said, "Regardless of their relationship, it’s quite a tragedy for her family. We understand that she has children, or you know we’re seeing that on social media, and it’s just really a sad situation. And it’s sad for the community."
Throughout the investigation, authorities learned the suspect may have shot and killed a man in San Jose at around 7 p.m. before driving to Modesto to fatally shoot Gonzales, according to police.
In their news release, police said, "While working with San Jose Police Department on this investigation, we were notified this morning that the suspect was located traveling towards San Jose and had become involved in a pursuit with the California Highway Patrol. The pursuit ended in a San Jose neighborhood where the suspect fled from the vehicle and barricaded himself at a residence."
During a standoff with the San Jose Police Department, the suspect was reportedly shot. He was transported to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Police did not release the name of the suspect because it is an active investigation.