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Wife of Pittsburg principal charged with attempting to kill husband

 

The wife of a California school principal was charged with attempted murder after an incident that left her spouse on life support, officials said.

Maria Vides, 39, faces a charge for attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder for allegedly gunning down her 45-year-old husband Saturday at their Pittsburg home, the Mercury News reported.

Police said the shooting occurred following a “domestic altercation” between Vides and her husband, Paul Shatswell.

Shatswell, who is principal of Pittsburg Unified Adult School, suffered a brain injury and paralysis in the shooting. He is not expected to survive the injuries, according to officials.

The news of Saturday’s shooting shocked friends who said they “can’t wrap [their] mind around all of this.”

“The Paul and Maria Shatswell I know are really the couple everyone would want to be — they did everything together,” pal Earl VanBurskirk Jr. told the Mercury News. “Looking at them you say — that’s love — that’s what love looks like.”

A former colleague of Vides’ said she was stunned by the woman’s role in the shooting.

“Maria would give you the shirt off her back, her last dollar, be there for you in any situation, at any time,” Nicky Ballas told the newspaper. “She is the most selfless person I’ve ever known.”

Charges were filed Wednesday against Vides, who was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.

A GoFundMe page was created to raise money for Shatswell’s eight children, three of whom he shared with Vides.


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