UPDATE: 71-year-old told police she killed ex-husband because she ‘just snapped’
Last Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 4:25 p.m.
A 71-year-old Anchorage woman was arrested and charged in the shooting death of Michael Pinkston, 60, according to a release from APD.
According to charging documents, Rita Pinkston called 911 and told operators that she had just shot her ex-husband, Michael, because she “was tired of his shit.” She also reportedly told police, “I could not take it anymore, and I just snapped.”
Michael Pinkston was shot in the stomach with a .40 round and was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after, according to police.
Charging documents reveal the two had been divorced for several decades, argued frequently and that Michael was her primary caregiver.
Pinkston was arrested at the home where the shooting took place and has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.
Police are investigating a fatal early morning shooting at the 3200 block of 41st Avenue.
The Anchorage Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. APD’s Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Team are investigating the shooting.
One man was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. He later died, police say. The victim’s identity won’t be released until next of kin are notified.
A suspect has been taken into custody, according to an APD release.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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