A Tooele County woman has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death last week of her estranged husband.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Angela L. Martinez, 26, on the second-degree felony charge, said Tooele County Attorney Ronald Elton.Martinez is charged with killing Joseph Martinez, 32, during an altercation at her mother's home on Nov. 14.
On that day, Mrs. Martinez, who had been staying with her parents in Stockton, Utah, was going to her car about 6 a.m. when she was approached by her estranged husband, according to a criminal complaint.
Though seeing no weapon and hearing no threats, she pulled a .22-caliber revolver from her coat pocket and shot him as he walked toward her and then shot him again when he kept coming, the charges say.
The couple struggled for a short time before the victim weakened and died, according to the charges.
Elton, referring to the complaint, explained that Mrs. Martinez' mother had warned her that her husband was in town and that she should be careful.
Mr. Martinez had been charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and aggravated arson in connection with an incident Sept. 10 in which Mrs. Martinez' Tooele home was broken into and later burned, Elton said.
Mr. Martinez had been served a restraining order but had told his wife that he "would never leave her alone," the charges say.