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Man kills estranged wife, self in Victoria apartment

By KBell
Oct. 3, 2010 at 5:03 a.m.

The wood remains stripped on a door at Windsor Park Apartments after Louis Chavez, 37, shot it twice to gain entry into his estranged wife's apartment. The suspect shot and killed himself and his wife, Kristi Chavez, 36, early Sunday morning.

A man shot and killed his estranged wife before turning the gun on himself in Windsor Park Apartments at 3 a.m. Sunday.

Police think Louis Chavez, 37, shot his wife, Kristi Chavez, 36, once in the chest in her bedroom at the apartment complex on 3001 Arroyo Drive. He then shot himself with the 12-gauge pistol-grip shotgun and died almost immediately afterward, Police Chief Bruce Ure said.

The victim's 16-year-old daughter was in the apartment at the time, but was able to escape after the suspect forced his way in.

The suspect shot the front door twice to gain entry into the two-bedroom apartment. He had 10 rounds in the shotgun, left a .357 pistol on the front porch, and police later found another shotgun in his truck, Ure said.

Police found two pairs of handcuffs in the suspect's pockets, which Ure said heightens the department's investigation into understanding his intent that night.

Ure said he was aware of a confrontation the suspect had with an acquaintance of the victim earlier that day.

Neighbors said they saw the estranged couple earlier in the day, and nothing appeared out of the ordinary.

They said the victim moved into the apartment complex about two weeks earlier.

The couple has a younger son, who was found with relatives at the suspect's house in the 1000 block of Melrose Avenue, Ure said.

The couple had been married more than 10 years.

The police department is waiting for official toxicology results to see if any substances played a factor in the killings.

Justice of the Peace Annie Ramos ordered the autopsy.

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