Man faces reckless manslaughter charges in wife's shooting

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Man charged with reckless manslaughter after shooting wife - A man was charged with reckless manslaughter after police say he unintentionally shot and killed his wife.

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BUCKEYE - Police say an accidental shooting left a Buckeye woman dead.

In the original 911 call, it was reported that the woman had been shot in the arm and would be flown to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Emergency personnel soon learned that the bullet not only went through the woman's arm, but into her stomach. She died on the way to the hospital.

The 911 call came from her home near Southern and Miller. Investigators say the husband, John Martin, called saying that his gun was in his hands and had accidentally went off and hit his wife, Kathleen.

Police say the Martins were inside the house at the time of the shooting.

According to Lt. Jared Griffith of the Buckeye Police Department, Kathleen Martin's adult daughter was there at the time, and told police the sound of the gunshot woke her up.

Kathleen Martin, 53, was a sergeant with the Arizona Department of Corrections. She worked at the Lewis Prison Complex.

Even though it was reported as an accident, investigators are still looking into it.

John Martin, 62, has been booked in the Maricopa County Jail on charges of reckless manslaughter.

Griffith said the investigation is ongoing and that no additional information was immediately available.