Police arrested Tamika Hylton on suspicion of fatally shooting her husband in a smoke shop parking lot near 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street.
When police arrived at the scene they found the victim, who was identified as the business owner, dead in the parking lot with gunshot wounds to his side and head, according to a probable cause statement police filed in court. Phoenix police previously said 34-year-old Hamantro Hylton was pronounced dead on the scene on Oct. 16.
Police spoke to witnesses on the scene who said a male suspect in a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt called out the victim’s nickname and shot him from the adjacent parking lot separated by a chain-link fence, according to court documents.
The witnesses reported the suspect fled the scene and that the victim had gunshot wounds to his side but was standing, and then more gunshots were fired, including to his head, killing him.
During initial interviews, Hylton told police she was inside the smoke shop when she heard the gunshots, and she found her husband injured in the parking lot.
According to court documents, police found blood inside the smoke shop on the door, floor and counters, in addition to two guns located inside the shop and an empty holster in Tamika Hylton’s purse.
A witness told police that the victim recently told him he obtained a life insurance policy.
Police found that 10 minutes before the shooting Tamika Hylton texted a man who recently arrived from New York “He’s here outside you think I can pull this off” and the man replied “you gott get this money so u can move.”
Lastly, police interviews revealed a witness statement that Hylton was standing in close proximity to her injured husband when she fired the gun at his head.
Hylton was booked into jail on one count of first-degree murder and will have a preliminary hearing on Nov. 2.
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