Wife of slain man: He, suspect had argued previously
By Alexis Huicochea
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 06.25.2009
A man arrested in a fatal home invasion that left a father and his 9-year-old daughter dead had previously been in a dispute with the father over marijuana, according to reports released Wednesday.
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The Pima County Sheriff's Department released more than 100 pages in reports Wednesday from the double homicide, which occurred in Arivaca on May 30.
They describe how the first deputy on the scene arrived at the home to find Raul Flores dead on one couch and his daughter Brisenia on another couch with blood on her face and a bullet wound in her cheek.
The deputy went to the kitchen and found Flores' wife, Gina Marie Gonzalez, on the floor wounded. She had been shot three times and had to be flown to a hospital.
The wife told investigators that people came to her home claiming to be law enforcement and saying they needed to come inside the home to look for fugitives, the reports said.
Gonzalez said she, her husband and Brisenia went into the living room, and there were two people in the home — a tall man and a woman, both in camouflage clothing. One person had tape on the grip of a gun they were carrying.
She said the woman was giving orders to the man and talking on a walkie talkie to others who were not in the room.
The gunman first shot Flores several times, then Gonzalez and then Brisenia, the reports say.
While Gonzalez lay on the ground wounded, she heard others come into the residence. She said those people were speaking Spanish.
She was unable to see the intruders but could hear them going through cabinets and drawers.
Gonzalez thought the suspects left the home, so she made her way over to the kitchen, where she grabbed her husband's pistol and called 911.
As she spoke with the operator, the tall man came back inside and they began exchanging gunfire. At that time, a man popped his head into the house and said something.
She later recognized that voice as Albert Gaxiola, who was later arrested in connection with the slayings.
Gonzalez told investigators that her husband and Gaxiola got into a dispute last year because Gaxiola was storing marijuana on their property.
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Other details from the reports
- Albert Gaxiola denied being in Tucson at the time of the slayings but did say that a Minute Men group was staying in his home, including Shawna Forde, who was also arrested in connection with the slayings.
- At Gaxiola's home, authorities found a 12-gauge shotgun, a number of other firearms, camouflage clothing, face paint, walkie talkie-type radios and other military-type gear. They also found a grenade in the closet .
- When Forde was being taken to jail, she provided a deputy with a white piece of paper with GPS coordinates and the words "Sierra Vista Coronados Mexico-side spotter." Forde — the leader of a border-watch group — explained it was information on a drug cartel in Mexico.
- When deputies initially went into the Flores home they were concerned because they were aware that the couple had another daughter who was 6 years old. They searched for her on the property until they learned she had stayed with her grandparents that night.
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Location: Arivaca, Arizona, United States (load item map)
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