Scottsdale woman: Shooting estranged husband was self-defense – AZCentral.com

A Scottsdale woman accused of shooting her estranged husband in the chest last week told police she’d defended herself after he’d threatened to strangle her, court records show.

But Scottsdale police wrote in a probable cause statement that Rhonda Sue Cerny left a suicide note for her children at her apartment near Camelback and Scottsdale roads.

Investigators believe the note is evidence she had also planned to shoot her husband on Friday at the home near Happy Valley and Alma School roads, records show.

Court records show the couple has been involved in divorce proceedings since 2013. A trial date that had been set for mid-July was pushed back to October, court minute entries show.

Cerny, 59, was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, burglary and trespassing. She was being held Monday in a Maricopa County jail on $350,000 bond.

Cerny told police she went to the home Friday to confront her husband about his having allegedly forged her name on documents, but she later said that she wasn’t supposed to be there, records show.

Cerny told police that her husband became enraged when she entered the home, said he hated her and threatened to kill her, records show. Fearing for her life, Cerny told police, she grabbed the gun from a kitchen drawer to defend herself, documents state.

Scottsdale police said Craig Cerny suffered a non-life threatening chest injury. He spoke with investigators as emergency crews prepared to transport him to the hospital and said he doesn’t keep guns in the home, records show.

Craig Cerny was listed in good condition Monday at HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesman.

Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2015/07/21/scottsdale-shooting-suspect-claims-self-defense-abrk/30436261/