Correction Officer Jesus Flores kills wife Jen Guardiola-Flores [ Aug 28, 2011]
Prison officer dead in murder-suicide Jesus and Jennifer Flores found dead
Updated: Sunday, 28 Aug 2011, 7:14 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 28 Aug 2011, 6:42 AM EDT
by Leon Hendrix
Jesus Flores (left) and Jennifer Flores
MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - A Muskegon corrections officer and his wife were found dead in a home after what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide, Sunday morning.
Jesus and Jennifer Flores, 36 and 35 respectively, had been arguing, Jennifer's brother told police, when Jesus pull out a gun and shot Jennifer at around 3 a.m.
As the brother ran away, he heard several more shots, police said.
A police SWAT team was called to the scene in the 1900 block of Getty St. and attempted to call Jesus out of the house. They later entered the home and found the couple's bodies.
Family members say the Jesus and Jennifer married 3 months ago and they were not aware of any violence in the couple's history.
Jennifer's father characterized Jesus as a 'great guy'.
"Only the man upstairs knows what was going on in his head," Robert Mendiola, Jesus' brother said. "He took care of his family."
Jesus and Jennifer were both parents of children from other relationships. Jesus had three children and Jennifer had two. None of the children were living in the home.
Jesus worked as a corrections officer at the Muskegon Correctional Facility for several years, his family told 24 Hour News 8. He'd begun training to become a police officer and had hoped to become an officer for the Michigan State Police.
Jesus was the oldest of 4 brothers, Mendiola said, and took on a fatherly role in the family after their father died when they were young.
Their mother died a few years ago and Jesus struggled to come to grips with her death.
"He took it the hardest," Mendiola said, adding that he did not think Jesus was depressed. "(After his mother died) it was a whole different story."
Jennifer held three jobs, working as an accountant, restaurant server, and factory worker. She was close with her mom and dad.
Her father bought a house next door to his own where Jennifer and Jesus has been living, the same house where the shootings occurred.
Investigators continue to look into the case and are awaiting autopsy results.