Grand Island shooting suspect charged with attempted murder

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man accused of shooting his estranged wife the morning before a divorce hearing now faces six felony charges.

(Source: Hall County Jail)

Mario Chavez, 44, is charged with First Degree Attempted Murder, First Degree Assault, two counts of Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony and two counts of Intentional Cruelty to an Animal.

Chavez was arrested Monday morning after a report that his wife Melissa Chavez, 50, had been shot in her home in the 2100 block of North Huston Avenue.

Court records indicate that he's accused of assaulting the woman, shooting her, and beating and eventually shooting to death a cat.

It happened just before 12:30 a.m. Monday. Officers responded to a shooting incident at the Huston Avenue address where a woman, identified as Melissa Chavez, was shot. She was taken to CHI Health St. Francis. Her condition is stable and she is being treated for her injuries.

Police were able to track down Chavez, to a home located in the 3100 block of Westside Street.

About two hours after the initial call, he surrendered to a tactical response team and is now in police custody.

Hall County court records indicated that Melissa Chavez had filed for divorce last summer. Earlier this month she asked a judge for an order excluding Mario Chavez from their home. A hearing on that request had been scheduled for Monday morning.

Mario Chavez is being held on $500,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled October 3. If convicted on all charges, the max penalties total more than 150 years in prison.

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