Pinal County woman shoots husband

2014-01-04T16:38:00Z Pinal County woman shoots husbandKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A San Tan Valley woman shot her husband Friday night, telling investigators she thought he was a burglar.

Melisah Havens, 34, called 911 at about 8:30 p.m. and told the dispatcher she shot her husband “because she thought he was an intruder breaking into their vehicle which was parked outside of their residence.” Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found Havens pleading for help as she knelt over her 35-year-old husband who was laying face down in the driveway. He had been shot twice times with a shotgun — once in the chest and once in the hand, Gaffney said.

The victim was taken by helicopter to a Phoenix area hospital where he immediately went into surgery. He is in critical, but stable condition, Gaffney said. Because of his condition, the man has not yet given a statement to investigators.

Inside of the home deputies found the couple’s three children, ages 12, 10 and 2, who were sitting on the couch. They also found a pump shotgun in the master bedroom closet.

Havens was booked into the Pinal County jail and faces one count of domestic violence/aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The three children were turned over to Child Protective Services.

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