February 23, 2019

Police: Naples woman shoots estranged spouse

NAPLES – A woman shot her estranged husband to death Monday during an encounter as she tried to retrieve belongings from their home, investigators said.

Anthony Valeriani, 52, died in the home from a gunshot wound to the chest at about 1 p.m., and his wife, Patricia Valeriani, 46, confessed to detectives that she fired the fatal shot, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Patricia Valeriani, who was cooperating with investigators, was questioned before being taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment of an injury, McCausland said.

She has not been charged. The Attorney General’s Office will review the findings of detectives and the state medical examiner before making a decision, McCausland said.

The couple had been married for 20 years or more and Anthony Valeriani previously was employed by the state as a crisis counselor with the Department of Health and Human Services, McCausland said. After the couple separated, Patricia Valeriani had been living with family members in Yarmouth, he said.

The shooting brought the number of homicides in Maine this year to 30.

The state’s average number of homicides is 24, and the state ended 2007 with 21 homicides. Maine’s record low for homicides was 11 in 2000; the worst year for homicides was 40 in 1989.

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