Woman Allegedly Shot Estranged Husband After He Wanted a Divorce, Police Say

An Arizona woman’s alleged attempt to save her marriage went awry earlier this week, police said Thursday.

The Prescott Police Department said in a Facebook post that Christina Pasqualetto was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and forgery and theft.

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The charges stem from a Wednesday incident in which Pasqualetto, 62, allegedly drove from Gilbert, Ariz., to the Prescott home she previously shared with her estranged husband Jon Pasqualetto (with whom he now lives) and shot him, police said.

Pasqualetto allegedly told the officers that she arrived at the home shortly before midnight and that they had a verbal argument about the divorce. Pasqualetto told police in an interview that she did not want a divorce, police said.

“When he told her that he still wanted a divorce and not to change his mind, she took out a gun and shot him while he was still in bed,” the press release said.

After being shot by Pasqualetto, police say Jon, 80, was able to “knock her down,” causing the gun to fall from her hand.

Photo of the barricade from the crime scene.

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“During this time, the victim hit the suspect with her hands and elbows to escape the situation. The victim eventually managed to escape and ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911,” they added in their statement.

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Once police arrived on scene, Jon was found to have suffered a gunshot wound to the wrist and was immediately treated at the scene. He was then taken to a local hospital and later airlifted to a Phoenix-area hospital with “non-life-threatening injuries.”

Police say Jon reported changing the locks on the home before the incident, but the keys and “other items” were missing. He also told officers that Christina “stole checks and forged a check a week before for $10,000 and cashed it.”

According to police, a receipt matching the transaction was found in Christina’s purse and she admitted to the forgery and theft during an interview with detectives. It is unclear if Christina has legal representation at the time.

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