SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. – A San Tan Valley woman was arrested after authorities said she shot her husband.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from Melisah Havens, 34, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday. She reported that she had just shot her husband because she thought he was an intruder breaking into their vehicle, which was parked outside of their residence.
PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney said deputies arrived and heard Havens screaming, "Help me, help me." She was kneeling over her 35-year-old husband, who was lying facedown in the driveway. He had been shot twice with a shotgun, once in the chest and once in his right hand.
Deputies found three children, ages 12, 10 and 2, sitting on the couch inside the home. They also located a pump shotgun in the master bedroom closet.
"Melisah told detectives she shot her husband because she thought he was going to burglarize her vehicle," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "She also said that he had taken her keys and was going to get milk. Melisah declined to provide any additional information after making these statements."
The victim was transported to a Phoenix trauma hospital where he underwent surgery. He is currently listed in critical but stable condition.
Once he is able to speak, detectives will interview him to try and learn more about what occurred.
Babeu said his office has responded to prior domestic violence calls at the residence.
Havens was booked into the Pinal County Jail for one count of domestic violence/aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The three children were turned over to Child Protective Services.