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Arizona Woman Turns Herself in After Shooting and Killing Man During a Domestic Violence Situation in Front of Her Children


"I'm just stunned. I'm like — wow."

A woman shot and killed a man inside a El Mirage home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (Image source: Twitter @Fox10Phoenix)

Police in Arizona are investigating a homicide in which a woman turned herself in for shooting and killing a man inside an Arizona home in front of her children as a self-defense case.

The unidentified woman called the El Mirage Police Department to report the shooting at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to KVVU-TV. The woman claimed to have killed her boyfriend during some type of domestic violence situation that was witnessed by her adult daughter. The woman's younger children were present in the home during the incident, as well.

"The adult child ... had some really good information to corroborate what her mother had to say," Sgt. Robert Peoples of the El Mirage Police Department told KVVU.

Although specific details concerning the type of domestic violence that occurred that evening have not been publicly released yet, the woman's neighbors noted that the couple had obviously been having issues.

"The mother and the boyfriend used to argue a lot," neighbor Ray Watkins told KNXV-TV. "I'm just stunned. I'm like — wow."

The police noted that there was a history of domestic violence at the home, and other neighbors told reporters that that these issues existed in the woman's previous relationship, according to KNXV. After the woman in question was interviewed, the police released her. None of the children was harmed during the shooting.

"She's a very sweet lady as far as I know — and her kids," neighbor Katrina Martinez told KNXV, adding that her granddaughter is friends with the woman's children.

"[My granddaughter] was there yesterday playing with the smallest girl," Martinez said.

Although the police have not revealed exactly why the situation escalated to the point where the woman fired shots in self-defense, they did note that the man was in possession of some kind of weapon. The woman's two young kids are in the care of another family member and are expected to be returned to their mother soon.

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