Husband Shoots, Kills Wife In Front of Their Children—Sheriff's Office

A man from Hillsborough, Florida, who told police he had shot and killed his wife now faces charges of first-degree murder.

Enrique Toledo, 53, allegedly shot and killed his wife, who was not named by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in its press release, on July 3.

The shooting happened at approximately 9.30 p.m. in Toledo's home on the 2600 block of Freeland Drive in Valrico.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
An image of Enrique Toledo provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Toledo, 53, was arrested and faces a charge of first-degree murder. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Authorities said that after receiving the call from Toledo, they went to his home. Upon arriving at the scene they detained him and discovered a woman lying in a pool of blood in the master bedroom.

According to a criminal report affidavit, seen by the Tampa Bay Times, the wife was shot while the pair's three children were at home.

One is a legal adult, another is a 15-year-old and the third is 8 years old. The eldest daughter told deputies that she entered her parent's room before she saw Toledo allegedly point a handgun at her mom and fire twice.

Toledo and his wife had already discussed divorce an estimated three weeks before the shooting incident, according to the report.

She had told her husband she was unhappy and wanted to end the marriage due to his jealous behavior.

Toledo had asked on two separate occasions whether they could resolve their differences and stay together but his wife refused, according to the affidavit seen by the Tampa Bay Times.

The eldest daughter said she had heard her parents arguing about this before entering the room.

She said she saw her mother sitting on the bed with her hands up in a "protective position" before she was shot.

The eldest daughter also said she made eye contact with her dad before leaving the room. The 15-year-old said she did not see the shooting, but she heard her parents arguing, then two gunshots. The 8-year-old child also heard the fight, and told detectives she heard two sounds that sounded like "firecrackers, according to the affidavit.

Toledo told a deputy to "do what you're going to do to me," according to the report seen by the Tampa Bay Times.

Explaining his alleged actions, Toledo told authorities that his wife had a gun and he "thought she was playing." He then took the gun from her and it "went off." He refused to answer any further questions.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has said the investigation is ongoing and said they will release further information at a later date.

Newsweek has contacted the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for comment.