UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: WFXR News has learned that the medical examiner has ruled the cause of death for Xochil Ochoa to be the result of stab wounds to the chest.
WFXR News will have more on this story as additional information comes in.
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police announced Thursday morning the arrest of a Pittsylvania County man for murder and assault charges after authorities found the mother of his children dead in their house last week.
According to Virginia State Police, shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a residence in the 8600 block of Mount Cross Road.
The caller stated that a woman had been killed inside the house, and dispatchers could reportedly hear gunshots being fired in the background of the call. Virginia State Police announced on Thursday, June 18 that children who were in the house at the time of the incident also called 911.
When Pittsylvania County deputies arrived at the scene, they found an armed man in the house. Police say he refused to drop his firearm, shots were fired, and he was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. However, none of the law enforcement officers at the scene were injured, according to authorities.
Virginia State Police Special Agents arrested 40-year-old Jesus Aramando Ochoa Sanchez on Wednesday, June 17 following his release from the hospital after being shot by the Pittsylvania County deputies dispatched to the house.
Police say Sanchez faces charges for first degree murder and assault on a law enforcement in connection with the death of 39-year-old Xochil Ochoa.
According to Virginia State Police, authorities believe Sanchez killed Ochoa during an argument at their home on Mount Cross Road while their three children were in the home. However, the children reportedly escaped the house unharmed.
A neighbor expressed shock following the incident, especially in his quiet, suburban neighborhood.
Investigators will continue to look into the circumstances of the homicide and and will reportedly turn the case over to the Pittsylvania County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office as soon as the investigation is complete.
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