Homicide

Police: Teen daughter tried to wrest gun from shooter in Central California murder-suicide

Investigators say the teenage daughter of the suspect who shot and killed his longtime girlfriend and her cousin tried to wrestle the gun from her father, thinking she was about to become his next victim.

Instead, the Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1yAlYwU), 36-year-old Eduardo Felix Escobar pulled the gun from his daughter's grip and shot himself. He died at a hospital later.

The Fresno County Coroner's Office and Selma police identified those who died Monday as 36-year-old Giovanni Loza Cervantes and 31-year-old Jessica Emmanuel Cervantes, her cousin.

Police provided details of the murder-suicide at a Tuesday press conference in Northern California.

Chief Greg Garner said the couple had seven children together. Their 14-year-old daughter witnessed the murders then watched her father kill himself.

Garner said the couple was having relationship problems.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com