Estranged husband of woman shot and killed Monday detained by police

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The estranged husband of a woman who was shot and killed early Monday has now been detained by police.

The shooting happened shortly after midnight. The victim, 45-year-old Dawn McCauley, was found slumped over in a vehicle near a home in the 5700 block of west Cortez Street. That's between Cactus Road and Peoria Avenue.

"It was just bang, bang, bang, bang," describes neighbor Heather Nelson. "Like something you'd see in a horror movie or even in a video game."

McCauley was shot multiple times, according to police. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"It was just a whole bunch of consecutive gunshots going off, and then you just heard tires squealing." says Nelson. "When they're consecutive like that at midnight, you know something was going on."

Following the shooting, Officer Tracey Breeden said Glendale Police Department SWAT officers were called in to clear the house. They did not find anyone inside.

Police spent the day searching for the victim's estranged husband, Edward McCauley.

He was located just before 5:00 p.m., and was detained by police for questioning. At this time, Glendale police are calling him "a person of interest."

Neighbors tell 3TV that Dawn and Edward McCauley have a seven-year-old son together. But police say that boy is safe with relatives, and was not present at the time of the shooting.