Pittsylvania County man charged with first-degree murder in wife’s death

Authorities say their three children called 911

Pittsylvania County neighbors, family speak about woman's death


The suspect in a Pittsylvania County homicide has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder as well as assault on a police officer, according to Virginia State Police.

Jesus Sanchez, 40, of Pittsylvania has been charged for the murder of 39-year-old Xochil Ochoa.

Authorities say Sanchez shot Ochoa during an argument at their home on Mount Cross Road in Pittsylvania County on June 11. Their three children were home but were able to call 911 and get escape the house unharmed, according to police.

Sanchez was arrested on Wednesday once he was released from the hospital, according to Virginia State Police. Authorities say he was hospitalized after he was shot during a confrontation with Pittsylvania County Deputies, who responded to the 911 call.

According to police, the investigation will be turned over to the Pittsylvania County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office once it is completed.

Authorities say no law enforcement officers were injured.


Authorities have identified the woman who they say was shot inside her Pittsylvania County home on Thursday.

According to Virginia State Police, 39-year-old Xochic Ochoa was shot to death on June 11.

Someone called 911 from a home on Mount Cross Road just before 4:30 p.m. The caller said a woman had been killed and dispatch could hear gunshots being fired in the background, according to the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities arrived on scene and found an armed man, who family members say is Ochoa’s husband, who refused to put down his gun. Shots were fired, according to state police. State police said the man was flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Authorities say the suspect has not been charged and they will not comment on his condition.

Once authorities were able to safely get inside the house, they found a woman dead, according to state police. Two girls and a man who had been at the house earlier got to a neighbor’s house safely before authorities arrive on scene.

According to Virginia State Police, results of the investigation into the officer-involved shooting will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and they will decide what further information to release.

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