GALVESTON — A Galveston woman has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a man whose body was found by officers responding to a report of a violent domestic disturbance at a home in the 1600 block of Avenue M½ early Monday, police said.
Claudia Esquivel, 22, was detained at her mother’s house on Pine Street within an hour or two of the shooting. She was later booked into the Galveston County Jail with her bond set at $150,000, police Sgt. Joshua Schirard said.
Officers responding to a 911 call about a domestic disturbance about 4 a.m. Monday found Christopher Chapa, 27, dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the head, police said.
Police determined that the 911 call had been made by Esquivel’s mother, and police called the mother, Schirard said.
Officers then went to the mother’s house on Pine Street and detained Esquivel without further incident, police said.
After being questioned by detectives, Esquivel was charged with murdering Chapa, police said.
Police said Chapa and Esquivel were in a relationship and may have been arguing.
However, the exact circumstances that led to Chapa’s death remain unclear, Schirard said.
An investigation is ongoing, but police do not suspect anyone else will be charged in connection with Chapa’s death, Schirard said.
Esquivel remained at the Galveston County Jail on Monday evening.
In May, Esquivel graduated from Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy, according to a post about the course on the school’s website.
Esquivel was among the graduates of the 27th Law Enforcement Academy class, according to the website.
Students in the academy study Texas traffic laws, criminal investigation and police vehicle operation. Students in the 618-hour course also receive firearms training, according to the website.
The course offers training for individuals working to become certified peace officers in the state of Texas.