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Woman Killed In Shootout Between Her Husband And Her Alleged Lover
Matthew Mollicone allegedly confronted the supposed paramour of his wife, Kimberly Mollicone, shot the man in the leg and exchanged more gunfire, ultimately resulting in his wife's death.
A Michigan man is in custody after allegedly engaging in a shootout with another man, leaving his wife fatally shot.
Matthew Mollicone, 46, has been charged with eight felony counts related to the July 12 shooting death of his wife, Kimberly Ann Mollicone, 49, and the assault on her supposed lover, according to a Macomb County Sheriff’s Office release reviewed by Oxygen.com. The charges he faces are murder, four counts of felony firearm possession, one count of assault with intent to murder, one count of carrying a weapon with unlawful and dangerous intent and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.
Officials say that Matthew confronted an unnamed 36-year-old male — Kimberly Mollicone's alleged romantic partner — at the other man's house and shot him, after which the pair got into a gunfight at around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
On the night of the shooting, the Mollicones allegedly arrived at the 36-year-old man's home as he barbecued outside, according to the sheriff’s office. Both Matthew Mollicone and the unnamed man engaged in a verbal altercation that “quickly escalated to a gun fight,” police said, each armed with a handgun.
Matthew Mollicone allegedly shot the younger man in the leg before chasing him on foot. The younger man reportedly retreated inside his house and located a second weapon, while the married couple returned to their vehicle, which was parked in the home's driveway.
As they were backing away in the vehicle, more gunfire was exchanged between Matthew Mollicone and his alleged intended victim, resulting in Kimberly’s death.
It remains unclear if the bullet that killed Kimberly Mollicone came from Matthew Mollicone's or the other shooter’s weapon.
Authorities responded to the Ray Township residence after someone inside the 36-year-old man's home called about shots fired, according to the statement.
The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office released portions from several 911 calls placed that evening, in which gunfire can be heard in the background. One of the calls came from a woman inside the residence — reportedly the 36-year-old man's sister — who said her parents, sister-in-law, and children were trapped in the home.
“He just got out [of] the vehicle and started shooting, just started shooting,” the frantic woman told dispatchers. “And he’s still here. Please send somebody here.”
The woman kept repeating that the man, later identified as Mollicone, was reloading his gun.
Another caller claiming — reportedly the 36-year-old’s brother-in-law — said he was hiding behind bricks and that his children were still inside the home, adding he was “scared s***less.”
A third 911 call was placed by Matthew Mollicone himself, who told dispatchers to “send an ambulance now, my wife’s been shot,” adding that he was “in the line of fire."
When asked if his wife was still breathing, Matthew Mollicone said he didn’t know.
When officials responded to the younger man's North Avenue residence, they found Matthew Mollicone yelling for deputies from a vehicle parked outside.
Kimberly Mollicone was found unresponsive inside the vehicle after being “struck near the neck.” She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Inside the home, first responders located three more adults — including the 36-year-old second shooter, who had been shot in the leg — and two children. The injured man’s fiancée was rendering first aid.
“The entire incident lasted less than two minutes, all while several family members of [the] male were trapped inside the home out of fear,” authorities stated. “Overall, more than 30 shell casings were located at the scene from three different weapons that were all recovered throughout this investigation.”
Following an investigation by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, Matthew Mollicone was charged with multiple felonies on Friday.
The man who was shot in the leg was released pending further investigation.
Matthew was arraigned Friday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the Macomb Daily. Jail records show he is currently being held at the Macomb County Jail without bond.
According to her obituary, Kimberly Mollicone leaves behind three children.