West Valley beauty shop owner accused of fatally shooting wife, her alleged lover

Sep 12, 2022, 12:00 PM | Updated: 3:46 pm

Jose Jesus Rodriguez Parra (Avondale Police Department Photo)...

Jose Jesus Rodriguez Parra (Avondale Police Department Photo)

(Avondale Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX – The owner of a West Valley beauty shop was arrested Sunday after his wife and a man he believed she was having an affair with were shot dead at the salon, authorities said.

Jose Jesus Rodriguez Parra called 911 to report that he’d shot two people at Ema’s Barber and Beauty in Avondale, according to court documents. He stayed at shop.

Police arrived around 3 p.m. and found two unresponsive adults with gunshot wounds to the head. The victims, whose names were not released, were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the probable cause statement for Rodriguez Parra’s arrest, surveillance video showed him pointing a gun at the back of the man’s head and pulling the trigger, but it appeared the weapon didn’t fire. The two men then started fighting and at one point the gun was knocked loose. But Rodriguez Parra recovered it and ended up shooting both victims.

The male victim’s two young sons, ages 5 and 6, were in the shop at the time of the shooting, as was the wife’s adult son.

Rodriguez Parra is also accused of pointing the gun at his wife’s son, who works at the salon and tried to intervene during the fight.

The Avondale Police Department said Rodriguez Parra and his wife jointly owned the salon, which is located in the vicinity of Buckeye and Litchfield roads.

The suspect was booked into Maricopa County Jail on two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Bond was set at $2 million.

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West Valley beauty shop owner accused of fatally shooting wife, her alleged lover