FRESNO – A man is dead and his wife left in critical condition in what appeared to be an attempted murder-suicide in northwest Fresno over the weekend.
Fresno police officers responded to a call at Benedict Avenue near Escalon Avenue just before 11 p.m. on Saturday on reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, the officers discovered a man and woman in the road, both with single gunshot wounds, according to authorities.
The man, identified as 57-year-old Paul Wayne Motley, of Fresno, was pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The man’s wife was lying next to him with one gunshot wound, but still alive. She was transported to Community Regional Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition. Police have not released her name.
Motley and his wife had been separated since January, and she had recently filed for divorce. On Saturday evening, Motley confronted his wife after she parked her vehicle and shot her before shooting himself, detectives said.
Fresno Bee: Fresno man dead, wife in critical condition