MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Paul Police say that the woman reportedly killed by her husband early Tuesday has been identified as 41-year-old Caitlin Aldridge. Her husband, Johnny Ray Aldridge, now faces one felony count of second-degree murder.
On Tuesday, police said they arrested the victim’s husband after he called 911 to report he’d shot his wife. The 46-year-old turned himself in at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center and was booked into jail on suspicion of homicide.
He called authorities just after 3 a.m., saying he had shot his wife at their home on the 30 block of Winnipeg Avenue West. Officers found Caitlin Aldridge dead in their home, with a gunshot wound to her head.
The complaint says that the shooting happened while Johnny Ray Aldridge’s daughter was in the house. The charges say that the girl told investigators that her father was suffering from PTSD and hadn’t been himself since June, when he was shot in the hand while in the garage. He had left home multiple times that summer, and had been carrying a gun since that June incident because he was scared of being shot.
She told investigators that her father was hard on his wife, and they had been fighting over small stuff.
The complaint said that Johnny Ray Aldridge believed his daughter was pregnant, which investigators say was not true. He told investigators he shot his wife during an argument over his belief that his daughter had been sexually active.
This is the city’s 30th homicide of the year.
Anyone experiencing domestic violence is encouraged to call 911 or The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Violence Free Minnesota also has resources. You can find St. Paul’s Blueprint for Safety by clicking here.
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