Police: Naples woman shoots estranged spouse

Posted Nov. 17, 2008, at 3:46 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:16 a.m.

NAPLES, Maine — A woman shot her estranged husband to death Monday during an encounter as she retrieved 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 Patricia Valeriani, 46, confessed to detectives that she shot him, 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. Investigators declined to describe her injury or to say how she was hurt.

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

The couple had been married for 23 years before the relationship unraveled and the couple became estranged over the summer, McCausland said. Patricia Valeriani, who recently filed for divorce, had been living with family members in Yarmouth, he said.

Anthony Valeriani recently resigned his post as a crisis counselor with the Department of Health and Human Services, ending a career of nearly 25 years in state government, McCausland said. Patricia Valeriani has worked in the local area as a housekeeper, 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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