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Woman killed by husband near Loop 202 and Power Road

Posted at 9:13 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 14:47:50-04

MESA, AZ — A woman was shot and killed by her husband Saturday, September 26, according to officials with the Mesa Police Department.

Officers were called to the area of Loop 202 and Power Road for reports of a shooting around 6:45 p.m.

On Sunday, September 27, officials confirmed a 40-year-old woman was shot by her husband as a result of domestic violence. She was reported dead at the scene.

The suspect, 53-year-old Stephen Mora, drove himself to Mesa Police Headquarters where he attempted to take his own life. He was transported to a hospital where he has since recovered.

According to court paperwork, Mora and the victim were married for about four years before separating in early September over suspicions that Mora was using drugs and hiring escorts.

The victim reportedly moved in with a friend in Mesa and did not tell her husband where she was. On the day before the shooting Mora reportedly showed up at the friend's house looking for his wife but was unable to see or talk to her.

The following day, court documents reveal that witnesses saw the victim out jogging near the friend's house when a man holding a revolver shot her. He then got into his vehicle and drove away.

Authorities say the suspect then drove to Mesa Police Headquarters, parked his vehicle and shot himself in the face. Nearby officers heard the gunshot and moments later saw Mora exit his vehicle with blood covering his face. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Mora has since been released from the hospital and is charged with second-degree murder. His bond has been set at $1-million dollars.