Phoenix AZ Feb 2 2017 An Arizona man has been arrested after police say he shot dead his ex-wife in the parking lot as the couple's two young children looked on.
Josiah English III, a 40-year-old licensed security guard, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the killing Tuesday morning of 35-year-old Blanca Gutierrez-Calzoncit.
Gutierrez-Calzoncit was shot eight times at around 6am in the parking lot of the apartment complex where she lived near Cave Creek and Greenway roads, reported the station 3TV.
Investigators say the mother was putting her two children, aged three and four, into her car when English opened fire on the woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both children escaped unharmed and were later released into the custody of relatives.
Court records indicate English and Gutierrez-Calconcit were battling in court over her intent to move the children to her native Mexico.
During English's initial court appearance Wednesday, the prosecutor said Gutierrez-Calzoncit had been shot eight times at point blank range. The prosecutor also said English was embroiled in a custody dispute with Gutierrez-Calzoncit and had appeared angry during a court hearing on Monday.
The judge set a $1 million cash-only bond.