Two dead in apparent Golden Valley murder/suicide

KINGMAN - Authorities said a murder suspect stalled to come out of his home several times as it was surrounded by deputies before he ultimately killed himself Monday.

The body of Ronald Lee Rixe, 55, was found when deputies entered the home in the 4500 block of N. Eloy Road upon hearing a single gunshot several hours after the barricade situation began.

Authorities also discovered the body of Rixe's girlfriend, Rhonda Jenell Knaak, 42, of Kingman, inside the home. She died of a gunshot wound to the head. She was apparently shot by Rixe.

A neighbor called authorities after seeing Rixe dragging what appeared to be a body out to his car around 1 p.m. When deputies arrived, Rixe barricaded himself inside the home and refused to come out.

Mohave County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said Rixe repeatedly told deputies over the phone that he needed to call relatives and would come out in 10 minutes. At another point he said he needed five more minutes so he could finish his beer.

The Sheriff's Office tried to send in the Bullhead City Police Department's robot after hearing a single gunshot come from the home around 4 p.m. Carter said the robot was guided toward the residence, but was unsuccessful. The Tactical Operations Unit then made entry into the residence and located the bodies.

A .40 caliber handgun and a 20-gauge shotgun were found inside the home.

Investigators are now trying to piece together what sparked the violence.