Man suspected of shooting his daughter’s mother arrested

A man suspected of shooting the mother of his infant daughter to death on Tuesday in San Jose was arrested on Saturday in Monterey, police said Sunday.

Andrew “Drew” Butler, 25, of Sacramento, was arrested in connection with the homicide of 33-year-old Kendra Gonzales, also of Sacramento, who died from a gunshot allegedly fired by Butler, police said.

At 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the 1300 block of South Bascom Avenue about a quarter-mile east of state Highway 17 where they found Gonzales lying on the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound, officers said. The San Jose Fire Department and medical personnel attempted life-saving measures but Gonzales was pronounced dead at the scene.

From a preliminary investigation, police learned that Gonzales had been driving a vehicle with Butler in the front passenger seat and their 1-year-old daughter and two other people in the rear seat, San Jose police Officer Albert Morales said.

At one point Gonzales and Butler got into an argument and Butler allegedly shot her, then removed her body from the vehicle, placed it on the roadway and ordered the people in the rear to leave and take the infant with them, Morales said.

Butler drove away and his abandoned vehicle was located later in Salinas and seized for evidence purposes, police said. He was arrested by Monterey police on Saturday and San Jose police took him into custody, San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said. Butler was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of murder, Garcia said.