Mesa man accused of killing wife surrenders en route to Mexico

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Robert Benoit By Jennifer Thomas Robert Benoit By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. – A Mesa woman is dead and her husband, who was on his way to Mexico, is in custody.

It all started with a call from Robert Benoit’s mother in Connecticut Saturday afternoon. She told police her son had killed his wife and was contemplating suicide.

When officers first arrived at the home near Thomas and Recker roads in northeast Mesa, they initially treated the scene as a barricade situation.

Mesa’s tactical team entered the home just after 4 p.m. While the suspect, Benoit, was nowhere to be found, officers did discover the body of Joy Dockendorf. The 37-year-old had been shot.

Detectives were eventually able to contact Benoit, 42, on his cell phone. Sgt. Ed Wessing of the Mesa Police Department said Benoit told them he was suicidal and was heading to Mexico.

Wessing said detectives were able to convince Benoit to turn himself in, which he did without incident. He surrendered to the Huachuca City Police Department. Huachuca City is near Sierra Vista.

At this point, investigators do not know what led up to the deadly shooting.

Benoit will be brought back to Mesa for questioning and booking.