Grand Island man faces additional charges after shooting

Several more charges have been added to a criminal case where police say a Grand Island man shot his estranged wife.

Mario Chavez, 44, was initially arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault in the Monday morning incident.

The Grand Island Police Department said they responded at 12:24 a.m. at 2104 North Hudson Avenue where Melissa Chavez, 50, has been shot.

They said Mario Chavez was arrested after a short stand off and negotiation. Melissa Chavez was last reported in stable condition, and was being treated for injuries.

“The address we located, and the nature of the event meant we had to approach with caution,” Grand Island Police Captain Jim Duering said. “Luckily we were able to respond and negotiate him out of the residence without incidence. Last we knew she was in stable condition and had feelings in all of her extremities so that seems to be going well, but we need to give her time to medically recover.”

On Tuesday, police said they’ve passed more charges on to the Hall County attorney, including attempted first-degree murder, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and cruel maltreatment of an animal.

Police said during a search, they found that a cat had been shot and killed in the house.

According to Hall County court documents, Melissa Chavez filed for divorce in June 2018, and the two had a court date regarding the divorce scheduled for 9 a.m. on the day the shooting happened.

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