An Arizona woman is being held on assault charges after she shot her husband twice on January 3rd. According to the woman, 34-year-old Melisah Havens, she thought her husband was a thief trying to break into her car.
According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Havens called police after the shooting saying “she had just shot her husband because she thought he was an intruder breaking into their vehicle which was parked outside of their residence.”
Deputies arrived within minutes after the call.
“When they arrived on scene, they could hear Melisah screaming ‘help me, help me.’ Melisah was kneeling over her husband who was laying face down in the driveway,” the Sheriff’s office said. “The victim had been shot two times with a shotgun. He was shot in the chest and right hand. Deputies immediately began to render medical aid to the victim until medical personnel arrived on scene and took over.”
Havens' narrative about believing her husband to be a thief didn’t hold up for long. Within minutes after talking to police, she contradicted her own story.
“Melisah told detectives she shot her husband because she thought he was going to burglarize her vehicle. She also said that he had taken her keys and was going to get milk,” the office said. “Melisah declined to provide any additional information after making these statements. [The Sheriff’s Office] has responded to prior domestic violence calls at this residence.”
Pinal County police say they received three calls alleging domestic abuse from the Havens’ household in the past year. In light of the latest incident, the couple’s three children have been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
The wounded husband is in critical, but stable, condition. Havens, meanwhile, is being charged with domestic violence and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.