Four Apache Junction children saw their father shoot their mother three times after he threatened to commit suicide, police said in a report released Tuesday.
Gilbert Borquez, 37, is in Pinal County Jail on $1 million bail in the April 7 shooting death of his wife, Theresa Borquez, 30.
Borquez told police his wife was shot as they struggled over the gun.
Autopsy results indicate she was shot once in the front torso and once in the back.
Police said the Borquez children — three boys ages 8, 9 and 11, and a 5-year-old girl — told detectives their parents started arguing after Gilbert Borquez, a car painter, returned from work to their home in the 2500 block of West Feldspar Circle. The children’s names were not released. Theresa Borquez, a nurse, asked her husband to leave, and he went upstairs to pack. Moments later, Gilbert Borquez came downstairs with a gun and placed it to his head, police said.
His wife yelled for the oldest boy to get the telephone. As the boy ran upstairs, he told police he heard a shot.
The boy "looked down and saw Theresa laying face down by the front door with Borquez standing over her. As (the boy) started down the stairs, he saw Borquez fire two more shots into Theresa’s back," the report says.
Police said the boy called 911 as his father fled.
The 9-year-old boy told police his mother was shot after she yelled for all of the children to get out of the house. The 9-year-old said that after a previous domestic violence incident, his mother told them to run to a neighbor’s house if they ever saw their father with a gun.
According to court records, Borquez had been placed on three years of probation for domestic violence one day before his wife was shot to death. Borquez turned himself in six hours after the shooting.
The children are staying with their maternal grandfather, police said.