PD: Glendale man found dead in car was left for 3 days after being shot by wife

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 14:49:16-05

GLENDALE, AZ — A Glendale woman was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing her husband and leaving his dead body in his car for three days.

Glendale police say Thursday afternoon, 39-year-old Shata Syreeta Johnson walked into a Phoenix police station and told them that there was a dead man inside a vehicle at her home near 59th Avenue and Thunderbird Road. She reportedly told police that she shot her husband in self-defense.

Police responded and found 55-year-old Timothy Johnson with a gunshot wound, dead in his car.

According to Shata Johnson, she confronted her husband on Monday about an extra-marital affair she believed he was having. The couple argued inside and outside the home with her husband following her around, according to Johnson. She also said police had been called to her house for other domestic disputes.

She then reportedly went to his car to leave home and go to the store. Once outside, her husband allegedly refused to let her leave as they locked and unlocked the car door while she was inside the car.

Shata Johnson went on to tell police that at one point, her husband got into the car with her and tried taking the keys away. She then shot him in the face.

On Thursday, police also spoke with a male friend who accompanied Shata Johnson to the police station. The man reportedly told police that he and Shata have been engaged for the past few years, and he was unaware that she was already married.

That morning she had contacted him, and as they ate breakfast, she allegedly told him about the shooting. He then convinced her to contact the police.

In her initial court appearance, county prosecutors said that Shata’s car was “packed to leave.”

She is being held on a $500,000 cash bond for second-degree murder and concealment of a dead body.