Arthur “Art” Gonzales is the FBI agent who fatally shot his estranged wife Julie Gonzales in 2013. At the time, they were going through a divorce and living in separate homes. Art Gonzales told police that he was surprised to find her at his house after work. They exchanged heated words in the kitchen and then, according to Art Gonzales, “She just attacked me with a knife and I had to shoot her.” That’s what Gonzales told the 911 dispatcher. Police found Julie dead in the kitchen with the knife in her hand. While many of Julie’s family and friends said they believed Art Gonzales staged the scene to look like Julie attacked him, many FBI agents said he did what he was trained to do — to instinctively protect himself. He shot his wife four times in the chest.
Two juries were unable to reach a decision — to decide if Arthur Gonzales was guilty or not guilty of manslaughter — so the district attorney and Gonzales’ defense attorney Mark Gardner agreed to let a judge make the decision. In 2015, Judge Sarah Deneke found him not guilty. 48 Hours will air its investigative report on Saturday, August 20 at 9pm on CBS.