PD: Scottsdale man allegedly shot by wife dies

Posted at 1:42 PM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 23:42:32-04

A 64-year-old man allegedly shot by his wife last week has died, police said.

Scottsdale police identified the man as Joseph Soria. He died on Wednesday at the hospital, but his death was not announced until Thursday.

His wife, Maria Soria, was arrested last week in connection to the shooting. She was booked into jail under suspicion of aggravated assault.

Because her husband died, Scottsdale police is now recommending that the Maricopa County Attorney's Office upgrade her charges to include homicide.

On May 19, Scottsdale police were called to an apartment complex near McDowell and Scottsdale roads. At the apartment, they found Joseph Soria suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck.

Police found his daughter treating him. She told police, "my mother shot him," according to court records.

Soria told police that she grabbed the gun while her husband was out on the patio and set it down on a table that was in the living room. When her husband came inside, she told him to stay away. He moved toward her and "it just went off," she reportedly said.

Court documents also indicate that prior to the shooting Maria went to the hospital and allegedly told nurses that her husband was trying to kill her.