California Police Officer Slain; Husband in Custody

Freddy Perez-Rodas is suspected of killing his wife, an Escondido police officer, and setting their house aflame to cover up the crime.
2:26 | 07/27/14

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On a much more serious note. The shocking case rocking a California police department. Cops say, one of their own, a young mother and rookie Ster, was killed by her own husband. Mara schiavocampo is here. What initially appeared to be a house fire is being investigated as a homicide. The suspect faces a charge of murder and arson and in the crime, as the local police department mourns the loss of one of their own. This is Freddy Perez Rodas, charged with a tragic and twisted crime. The murder of his wife, police officer laura Perez. A hearing within ten court days. Reporter: It started Wednesday when perez-rodas called 911 to say his house was on fire with his wife trapped inside. When firefighters put out the fire, they immediately suspected arson. At that point, his wife was not inside the residence. We began looking for her. It became some what of an arson/missing person investigation. Reporter: Two hours later, the 27-year-old was under arrest. Police say he confessed, but he has entered a plea of not guilty. He essentially admitted to shooting his wife three times in the chest and removing her body from the home and taking to it a storage locker. Reporter: Police say it was then that he started the fire, allegedly attempted to cover up the murder in the home. Kgtv, an ABC news news station, in their coverage of the fire, you can see perez-rodas watching the firefighter as they work. That is absolutely crazy. I can't believe somebody would do something like that. Reporter: This woman was helping her cousin move in. Welcome to the neighborhood. Reporter: The couple's 4-year-old daughter is with rel tys as the police department grieved with a brief ceremony to honor the rookie officer who had just graduated in December. Fantastic officer. Quickly moving into a leader on her shift and with her teams. Reporter: Perez-r orks drodas is being held on $2 million bail. As for the couple's young daughter, she was unharmd. The police department is acce accepting donations on her behalf. A terrible crime. Thinking about their daughter this morning. Mara, thank you.

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