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Woman dies after shooting in Stafford County
A 911 call to New Mexico led authorities to the body of a woman in Stafford County.
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies in New Mexico responded to a house north yingof Las Cruces Friday afternoon for a reported shooting, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kelly Jameson.
The caller stated that he and his wife had an argument. He told the dispatcher that she threatened him with a knife and he shot her, Jameson said. He said she needed medical assistance.
But when seven deputies, firefighters and medical personnel arrived to the 1800 block of Maverick Trail, where the call originated, they realized the actual emergency was nearly 2,000 miles away, Jameson said.
Dispatchers with the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority quickly researched the call and learned that the caller used to live at that home, but had moved to Stafford County, and took his Voice-over Internet Protocol routers with him.
VoIP routers allow users to connect landline telephones through an Internet service provider.
Jameson said the caller apparently plugged in the router at the Stafford residence, but had not notified the service provider of the move to Virginia, which caused his emergency phone call to be sent to New Mexico.
Stafford authorities were notified of the situation and given the caller’s phone number to follow up the situation, Jameson said.
responded to a home on Alderwood Drive in North Stafford around 2:42 p.m. Friday for the reported shooting, Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said in a news release.
When deputies arrived they found a female victim suffering from gunshot wounds, he said.
“The shooting was between the husband and estranged wife,” Kennedy said.
According to Stafford County land records, the owners of the residence in the Preserve on Aquia Creek are listed as Arthur B. Gonzales and Julie S. Gonzales. The $585,000 property was purchased in January, 2010.
Friends of the family say that Art Gonzales works for the FBI. A LinkedIn web page for an Art Gonzales lists him as a supervisory special agent—instructor at the bureau’s National Academy at Quantico. Julie Gonzales was the mother of two boys, friends said.
Efforts to reach the FBI for comment were unsuccessful on Monday.
The woman was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Her body was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for the official determination of the cause of death, Kennedy said.
No charges have been filed, but Stafford detectives are investigating the incident, Kennedy said.
Because of the ongoing investigation, Kennedy said no additional information will be provided.
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