Former Police Officer Kills Ex-Wife and Girlfriend, Found Dead After Kidnapping Son

Former police officer Elias Huizar killed his ex-wife and teenage girlfriend, then took his 1-year-old son on a high-speed chase before taking his own life, highlighting issues of domestic violence and law enforcement misconduct.

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Former Police Officer Kills Ex-Wife and Girlfriend, Found Dead After Kidnapping Son

Former Police Officer Kills Ex-Wife and Girlfriend, Found Dead After Kidnapping Son

Elias Huizar, a 39-year-old former police officer from Washington state, was found dead in his car on Tuesday after allegedly killing his ex-wife and 17-year-old girlfriend. Huizar's 1-year-old son, Roman Santos, was found safe in the vehicle following a high-speed chase with Oregon State Police.

The tragic series of events began on Monday when Huizar shot and killed his ex-wife, 31-year-old Amber Marie Rodriguez, outside William Wiley Elementary School in West Richland, Washington, where she worked. Witnesses, including the couple's 9-year-old son, were present during the shooting. Rodriguez had recently filed for a protection order against Huizar, citing his history of emotional and verbal abuse, as well as mental health issues.

Later that day, police discovered the body of Huizar's 17-year-old girlfriend, Angelica Jelly Santos, at his home. Santos was the mother of Huizar's 1-year-old son, Roman. Huizar had allegedly been living with Santos, whom he met when she was 11 years old and he was working as a middle school resource officer.

After the killings, Huizar fled the state with his 1-year-old son, prompting an AMBER Alert. On Tuesday afternoon, Oregon State Police spotted Huizar's vehicle on Interstate 5 near Eugene, Oregon, and a high-speed chase ensued, with speeds reaching up to 100 mph. The pursuit ended when Huizar's vehicle crashed into a commercial vehicle. As troopers approached the scene, Huizar shot himself in the head and died at the scene. The 1-year-old child was safely recovered from the vehicle.

Why this matters: This tragic incident highlights the ongoing issue of domestic violence and the need for increased awareness and support for victims. It also raises concerns about the screening and monitoring of law enforcement officers, as Huizar had a history of sexual misconduct allegations involving minors.

Huizar had previously been charged with second-degree rape in February for allegedly sexually assaulting Santos' 16-year-old friend. He was released on a $200,000 bond and ordered to stay away from the victims and their homes and workplaces. Huizar had been an employee of the Yakima Police Department from 2013 to 2022, serving as a school resource officer starting in 2018. The Richland School District, which had hired Huizar as a substitute teacher despite the pending charges, stated that it was unaware of his past misconduct at the time of his hiring.

The community has come together to support the affected families, with fundraising efforts underway. The investigation into the incident is being led by the Lane County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. "The Richland School District community is heartbroken by this tragic news," stated District Communications Director Ty Beaver. The district is providing counseling services to students and staff affected by the incident.

Key Takeaways

  • Former police officer Elias Huizar killed ex-wife and teen girlfriend, then himself.
  • Huizar had history of sexual misconduct allegations involving minors as a school officer.
  • Huizar's 1-year-old son was found safe in the vehicle after a high-speed chase.
  • Incident highlights issues of domestic violence and law enforcement screening/monitoring.
  • Community supports affected families, with counseling services provided to students and staff.