A 31-year-old man is allegedly accused of drunkenly shooting his wife in the head during an Uber ride in Seattle.
According to reports, Cameron Espitia, passed out in some bushes after the shooting incident and when he got back to his senses, he said he did not remember the shooting and told police “he was not having a good night with his wife.”
Espitia who was found out to be a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard, was then arrested for the death of his 29-year-old wife, Jennifer Espitia.
The Uber driver servicing the couple in the Queen Anne neighborhood told police the couple had been fighting the entire car ride. The 29-year-old woman was sitting in the front when Espitia opened fire from the backseat.
The driver, who chose to be unidentified, heard the gunshot and saw Espitia’s wife slump over in the seat. Scared that he would be the next victim, he asked the gun-toting passenger where he would like to go.
The driver called police after dropping off Espitia a short time after the incident.
The suspect reportedly wandered another six blocks before falling asleep in some bushes. Cops then found him in the bushes with a pistol tucked into an ankle holster.
He was booked into the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle on a homicide charge, jail records show.
A member of the Coast Guard pleaded with a King County judge to lower Espitia’s bond, which was set at $3 million, saying he did not believe the ex-guardsman was capable of such violence.
“I would not in a million years think he would do something like this,” Elliot Felix said during a Monday court appearance.
Jennifer Espitia, a Washington state native, graduated from Mercer Island High School in the Seattle suburb and landed on a rowing team at Saint Mary’s College in California.
Her resume included a volunteering stint at Planned Parenthood as a peer educator and building homes in Mexico.
Source: Daily Mail