Bruceville-Eddy - The policeman dispatched to investigate an accidental death confronted outright denial of a brutal
When the patrolman entered the house in Bruceville-Eddy, he found blood spattered on the walls, the ceiling and followed a trail on the floor from the bathroom to the kitchen sink where he found a large butcher knife and a bloody hammer soaking in running water.
He was there to investigate an "accidental death" reported
by the grandson of the man he found in the bathtub,
"obviously deceased," according to his arrest report.
Only minutes before, Aaron Firquin, 45, had called and told
a 911 dispatcher in an obsequious, little boy tone of voice
that he wanted to report an accidental death.
The Dispatcher is heard on a tape of the call saying, "Do
you know what happened, or do you not know what happened?"
"When I got up this morning," Mr. Firquin said, "I found him
in the bathtub with water running."
The dispatcher, identified on the tape only as Kristen,
asks, "You found him in the bathtub with water running?"
Her tone of voice clearly indicates she was puzzled.
The entire conversation by then had taken on a surreal tone.
Clearly, there is something very wrong and the young lady is
trying hard to get at the truth, only to be frustrated with
Mr. Firquin's vague and mumbled answers.
According to an autopsy, Enos Firquin, 88, died as a result
of massive stab wounds inflicted by someone wielding a large
knife and blunt force trauma believed to have been caused by
the bloody hammer Patrolman Daniel Edwards found in the
Mr. Firquin was the former mayor of Bruceville-Eddy.
Aaron Firquin is his grandson.
Patrolman Edwards notes in his probable cause affidavit in
support of a warrantless arrest that what he saw was
"inconsistent with the (what) the people in the residence
(gave for) a story."
He found two males and a female there when he arrived, he
notes. None of what they told him about what happened
matched what he was seeing at the crime scene.
A closer look at the premises showed clear signs of violence
that started in a back bedroom.
"It was apparent that (there) was a violent struggle in the
back bedroom." Furniture was thrown around the room and
there was a trail of blood spatter that led to the bathroom,
then a dripping trail of blood to the kitchen sink where "In
the sink I located a large butcher knife...still running on
After he placed Mr. Firquin in the back seat of his patrol
car, he arrested him and on the way to police headquarters,
he noticed that a wound had been "ripped open" on the man's
wrist. He had emergency medical technicians bandage it, but
Mr. Firquin somehow opened the wound three times on the way
to City Hall, then to the hospital. Each time the policeman
had ambulance technicians rebandage the wound.
At Hillcrest Memorial Baptist Medical Center, emergency room
technicians took a blood sample from Mr. Firquin and
bandaged his bleeding wrist again.
He is held on a $5 million bond, charged with capital murder
of his grandfather.