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Allegations in Sahuarita murder case
Posted at 6:57 PM, May 23, 2024

SAHUARITA, Ariz. (KGUN) — A friend, then a murder victim—That’s the story investigative documents tell in the Sahuarita Police Department’s case against Douglas Harold Gauf.

A house in Tucson, near Pima and Craycroft, is where police say they found evidence to link a Tucson man to a homicide in Sahuarita. Police say Douglas Gauf killed a man he had called a friend.

Sahuarita Police say Terry Don Parker was shot to death in a house in the 300 Block of East Calle Minerva.

Douglas Harold Gauf connected to the case after Gauf was arrested on unrelated drug charges in Tucson. Court documents do not make it clear how investigators decided he was a suspect in the Parker killing but those same documents still say a lot about the case.

They say police got a search warrant for his house near Pima and Craycroft in Tucson and found a gun that had been missing from the victim’s home.

Police say the gun had blood on it but there’s no information whether the blood matched Terry Don Parker.

Sahuarita Police say they found a package of possible cocaine at the suspects house in Tucson that looked like a similar package in the victim’s house in Sahuarita.

Investigators say Douglas Gauf did not tell them much but did float the name of someone else he described as dangerous.

The report says: “The name “Shorty” was the alleged person of interest he identified, who stated he was upset with Terry Don Parker for an unknown reason.”

Police say Gauf also told them Terry Don Parker was a friend he’d gotten back in touch with after several years.

But the report says “Douglas Harold Gauf shows absolutely no remorse for his involvement in the alleged homicide of someone who he deemed a friend.”

Craig Smith is a reporter for KGUN 9. With more than 40 years of reporting in cities like Tampa, Houston and Austin, Craig has covered more than 40 Space Shuttle launches and covered historic hurricanes like Katrina, Ivan, Andrew and Hugo. Share your story ideas and important issues with Craig by emailing or by connecting on Facebook and Twitter.