Hus­band shoots wife while in Uber ve­hi­cle

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A woman killed early Sun­day in Seat­tle’s Queen Anne neigh­bor­hood was shot by her hus­band dur­ing an ar­gu­ment in a ride-hail­ing ve­hi­cle, po­lice said. Cameron Espi­tia, 31, is be­ing held on $3 mil­lion bail for in­ves­ti­ga­tion of homi­cide in the death of 29-year-old Jen­nifer Espi­tia, KCPQ-TV re­ported Mon­day. An Uber driver told po­lice that Jen­nifer Espi­tia was sit­ting in the front and Cameron Espi­tia was in the back seat shortly af­ter mid­night when they be­gan ar­gu­ing, ac­cord­ing to prob­a­ble cause doc­u­ments.

The driver told po­lice Cameron Espi­tia cursed re­peat­edly at his wife be­fore the driver heard a boom and thought a tire had burst. The driver said he quickly re­al­ized Jen­nifer Espi­tia had been shot, doc­u­ments said. The driver feared for his life and kept driv­ing on Cameron Espi­tia’s or­ders, po­lice said. Even­tu­ally, he told the driver to pull over. Af­ter the man left the ve­hi­cle, the driver called po­lice. The woman was shot in the head and died at a Seat­tle hos­pi­tal, po­lice said. Po­lice ar­rested Espi­tia nearby. He told them he was not hav­ing a good night with his wife and had been drink­ing, doc­u­ments said. Of­fi­cers found a small pis­tol on Espi­tia in an an­kle hol­ster, po­lice said.

Espi­tia told po­lice he didn’t re­mem­ber what hap­pened, that he woke up in the bushes and didn’t know where he was, doc­u­ments said. He later said he had a faint rec­ol­lec­tion of be­ing in the ve­hi­cle. Jen­nifer Espi­tia grad­u­ated from Mercer Is­land High School in Wash­ing­ton and was on the row­ing team at Saint Mary’s Col­lege in Cal­i­for­nia, ac­cord­ing to a col­lege-athletics bi­og­ra­phy, The Seat­tle Times re­ported . She had won a com­mu­nity-ser­vice award for work as a peer ed­u­ca­tor at Planned Par­ent­hood, work­ing at a day care cen­ter and build­ing homes in Mex­ico. Cameron Espi­tia worked for the US Coast Guard, court doc­u­ments said.—AP

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