echo ''."\n";
4
| News |

Pinal County Man Shoots Ex-Wife at Church; Suspect Still Loose

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Police in Pinal County are looking for a man they believe shot and killed his ex-wife in the parking lot of a church last night.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office got a call around 7 p.m. yesterday from a man at the Christ the Victor church in Florence saying shots had been fired at the church.

When the cops got to the scene, they found 35-year-old Jamie Gallegos dead in the parking lot.

Gallegos, police say, was taking her two children, ages 7 and 9, to karate practice at the church when she was shot.

The investigation is ongoing, but authorities believe Gallegos' ex-husband, 39-year-old Dominic Donatella, is the person who shot her.

PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney tells New Times Donatella was arrested in May for domestic violence. Gaffney says Gallegos was the victim in that incident, as well.

Donatella, police believe, is now on the run. Cops found his Kia mini-van abandoned near Interstate 8 near Gila Bend this morning and police say he may be heading to California.

Donatella is described as being 5-foot-5, 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with any information as to Donatella's whereabouts is asked to call police.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.