Suspect in ex-girlfriend’s Las Vegas killing found dead in Idaho

Updated July 18, 2018 - 6:00 pm

The manhunt for a Nevada corrections officer suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend last weekend ended Tuesday night when he was found dead in a small Idaho town.

Christopher Gerard Caggiano was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his white 2017 Nissan Rogue in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, according to the Bannock County coroner’s office. The 41-year-old suspect’s death was ruled a suicide.

Las Vegas homicide detectives had been looking for Caggiano since Saturday morning, after his 9-year-old daughter called 911 to report that her mother was lying in a pool of blood inside his townhouse at 4637 Dealers Choice Way. He had fled before officers arrived, police said.

Cheri Louise Anaya, 32, of Bakersfield, California, died of a gunshot wound to her head and neck. Homicide detectives have determined that Caggiano and Anaya had been arguing on the night before their two kids, both under 10, found her body.

The Bannock County coroner estimates that Caggiano had been dead since Saturday evening, leaving his two kids without parents. He was found “after a citizen had noticed the car parked in the same spot for several days,” coroner’s office spokesman Tim Quick said.

Caggiano had been employed with the state Department of Corrections since Oct. 1, 2012, as a senior correctional officer.

He was most recently assigned to High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs, roughly 40 miles northwest of Las Vegas, department spokeswoman Brooke Santina said. She added that Caggiano also had passed the background check required by the department before he was hired.

Caggiano’s landlord told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sunday that he had moved into the townhouse in March 2017. Police said Anaya and the children had been temporarily staying in the house.

Anaya’s family is caring for the two children.

“We come from a large family,” Anaya’s aunt, Debbie Bramlritt, told the Review-Journal. “We’re just going to shower them with love.”

Anaya’s death was the 29th domestic-related homicide investigated by Metro this year, according to records maintained by the Review-Journal. As of Saturday, Metro had investigated 93 homicides in 2018.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter.

Henderson police bodycam footage of officer-involved shooting
Henderson police released body-worn camera footage of an officer-involved shooting in a grocery store parking lot at 2667 Windmill Parkway on Aug. 12, 2018. (Henderson Police Department)
Metro Asst. Sheriff Brett Zimmerman on Aug. 8 officer-involved shooting
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with media Monday to discuss the details of the 14th officer-involved shooting of the year. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nye County detectives pursue suspects
A swarm of Nye County deputies, at the request of Las Vegas police, surrounded a hotel room in Pahrump last week to take two fugitives into custody. (Nye County Sheriff's Office)
Las Vegas judge’s ruling will halt tonight’s execution
On Wednesday Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez issued a ruling that will halt the execution of convicted murderer Scott Dozier. Alvogen Inc., which makes the sedative midazolam, filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the Nevada Department of Corrections of surreptitiously obtaining the drug for use in an execution.
3 people shot in southeast Las Vegas
Three men were shot Thursday night in southeast Las Vegas, and two of them have life threatening injuries. Las Vegas police responded to the incident just after 10 p.m. on the 5000 block of Mountain Vista Street. The investigation is in its early stages and police were unable to describe the suspect or say how man people they think were involved. Police encourage anyone with information regarding this shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555, or 3-1-1
Robbery suspects apprehended
Four robbery suspects were taken into custody Thursday morning after a vehicle and foot chase that ended in an east Las Vegas neighborhood. The incident began when a person was robbed at gunpoint around 4:45 a.m. near Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn. Officers arriving at the scene tried to stop two vehicles. One vehicle escaped but police chased the second into a neighborhood on Flamingo Road near Mountain Vista Street. Police surrounded the neighborhood and the suspects were apprehended. It looked like one police vehicle was involved in a collision with the suspects' car. One woman suffered an unknown injury and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. 01:04
Las Vegas police looking for robbery suspects
Two robbers who recently targeted three Las Vegas businesses remained at large Tuesday and police are asking the public to help identify them. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Metro Capt. Jaime Prosser gives update of officer-involved shooting
Metro Capt. Jaime Prosser provides an update about an officer-involved shooting at Radwick Drive and Owens Avenue in the northeast Las Vegas on Thursday. A robbery suspect was shot and killed. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
LVMPD Looking For Robbery Suspect
The LVMPD Commercial Robbery Section is attempting to identify the pictured suspect who is responsible for committing robberies to businesses in the southern part of the Las Vegas Valley during the month of May 2018. The suspect enters the business, threatens the employee with a firearm and demands money from the register. The employee complies and the suspect flees the business.
North Las Vegas police are investigating a triple shooting that left one man dead
North Las Vegas police are investigating a triple shooting that left one man dead at 2500 block of Ellis St., on Friday, June 8, 2018. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
News Headlines
Local Spotlight
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like