A Manteca family is reeling after learning that a violent exchange left their daughter – a Manteca High graduate – dead in her Arizona home.
While police in Buckeye, Arizona have not released the names of the people involved, the woman who was killed on Saturday has been identified by family members as Breanne Ferguson (Wigginton.)
It was her mother that notified police in the small Arizona community after she read a Facebook post that Ferguson had made saying that he killed his wife. When they arrived at the scene, a gunfight broke out and he was ultimately killed by officers after exchanging rounds in the residential neighborhood.
The sound of erupting gunshots down the street was captured with a cell phone camera by a neighbor, and that video has been showed on the Phoenix ABC affiliate – along with footage of nearby houses and cars that had been struck by errant bullets. The couple’s two children were found in the house along with the woman’s body after Ferguson had been shot and killed in front of the home.
Police discovered a huge arsenal of weapons inside of the house as well.
According to Breanne’s mother Leanne Magincalda, she was involved with Manteca Youth Focus when she lived in the area – serving as Miss Pumpkin Fair, a “title that she held very close to her heart and was so very proud of.” She was in the Air Force Reserve and was two-weeks shy of graduating from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Academy when 9/11 happened and was called into active duty immediately. She also worked for the Save Mart corporate headquarters in Modesto as a graphic designer, and lent her artistic talents to some of the mural projects that adorn the sides of buildings and businesses in Manteca.
“She was stubborn to a fault sometimes, but she loved us, loved her family and loved her babies,” Magincalda said of her daughter, who was 36. “She would help anyone, any way she could – she was just loved by everybody.”
In addition to nearly becoming a peace officer herself, Breanne got an early taste of law enforcement while serving as a Manteca Police Cadet from her sophomore to senior years in high school. She was employed in security services as a Security Forces Officer during her tenure in the Air Force.
Because it was an officer-involved shooting and their two girls were discovered inside of the house, police have tight-lipped on what happened and who was involved. Local Arizona media outlets have already identified the couple, and the ABC affiliate showed a screenshot of the Facebook message that tipped off family members and friends that something may be wrong. According to Magincalda, Breanne’s body will be released and transported back to Manteca once the autopsy is completed.
She will be buried at East Union Cemetery, and the services will be private.
The family is cautioning anybody who finds a GoFundMe page that has already been set up in her name because it was not setup by the family and its validity has not been verified. A page is currently being setup by the family and will be made available as soon as it is completed.
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