A Seattle man shot and killed his wife during a drunken fight in an Uber car early Sunday morning.
According to police reports, Cameron Espitia, 31, is accused of fatally shooting his wife, Jennifer Espitia, 29, while the couple were riding in an Uber. According to probable cause documents, the Uber driver told police that Jennifer Espitia was sitting in the front and Cameron Espitia was sitting in the back seat behind him, just after midnight, when they began arguing.
The driver said Cameron Espitia was hurling a steady stream of expletives at his wife, and then he heard a loud boom, which he initially thought was a tire blowout. But when he noticed the woman next to him was slouched over and not moving, he realized that she’d been shot.
Fearing for his own life, the man continued driving on Espitia’s orders, police said, until he was eventually told to pull over. After Espitia left the vehicle, the driver called police. When they picked him up, the suspect explained that he’d been having a bad night with his wife and admitted that he’d been drinking.
He claimed that he had no idea what had happened after waking up in the bushes, confused about where he was. Officers found that Espitia was carrying a small pistol in an ankle holster. He later admitted to having had a faint recollection of being in the vehicle.
Taken to a Seattle hospital with a gunshot wound to the head, Jennifer Espitia died there.
Cameron Espitia, who worked for the U.S. Coast Guard, made an appearance in a King County courtroom in Seattle on Monday.
Jennifer Espitia was a peer educator at Planned Parenthood, worked at a day care center and was involved in building homes in Mexico.
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