Mustafa Hussein

Mustafa Hussein

CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS5) --  Police say a husband has been arrested for second-degree murder for accidentally shooting and killing his wife at their Chandler home Sunday morning.

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The incident took place at around 5 a.m. near Chandler Boulevard and Loop 101.

Chandler police say they received a 911 call from a "hysterical" woman saying that someone in the home had been shot. 

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When officers arrived, they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her chest.

The woman was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. She has been identified as Elshaymaa Elmesilhy.

Investigators learned that Elmesilhy's husband, 37-year-old Mustafa Hussein, arrived home from work and, "in the process of unloading his firearm, inadvertently shot Elmesilhy," according to Chandler police.

Police say that after the initial shot was fired, Hussein panicked and inadvertently fired another round, which struck the bedroom floor. 

"He went to secure his Taurus 9 mm handgun. He retrieved the gun case from the closet and place it on the foot of the bed where his wife was laying. [sic] He thought he had removed the magazine from the gun and he cycled the slide on the firearm, ejecting a single cartridge onto the bed. The defendant then pointed the gun toward the window behind where the victim was lying in bed. He then pulled the trigger and then shot his wife in the chest," according to the police report.

Hussein then called 911 along with Elmesilhy's sister, who was staying at the residence with the couple and their two young children.

Hussein was arrested and booked into the Chandler/Gilbert Jail on one count of second-degree murder.


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