Man accidentally shoots, kills wife while unloading gun

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police say a man was unloading his gun when it accidentally went off, and a bullet hit and killed his wife.

Police spokesman Trent Crump says Mary Shaw, 70, was pronounced dead in the 4:30 p.m. shooting Saturday in Cave Creek.

Her husband, identified as David Shaw, called authorities and said he accidentally shot his wife. She was hit in the head.

Crump says the shooting appears accidental to investigators. He says the man was inside his home unloading the gun to pack it for a trip when it discharged. The bullet went through a window and struck his wife, who was in the backyard.

He says the husband was questioned and released pending a review of the case.

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