Security guard shoots dead ex-wife in parking lot in front of their 2 toddlers amid bitter custody battle

By Associated Press and Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com

Father charged: Josiah English III, 40, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the killing of his ex-wife, 35-year-old Blanca Gutierrez-CalzoncitAn Arizona man has been arrested after police say he shot dead his ex-wife in the parking lot as the couple’s two young children looked on.

Police in Phoenix say there were continuing legal battles between the parents.

Josiah English III, a 40-year-old licensed security guard, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the killing Tuesday morning of 35-year-old Blanca Gutierrez-Calzoncit.

Gutierrez-Calzoncit was shot multiple times at around 6am in the parking lot of the apartment complex where she lived near Cave Creek and Greenway roads, reported the station 3TV.

Investigators say the mother was putting her two children, aged three and four, into her car when English opened fire on the woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both children escaped unharmed and were later released into the custody of relatives.

Crime scene: Gutierrez-Calzoncit was shot multiple times at around 6am in this parking lot while placing her two children, aged three and four, in her car

Court records indicate English and Gutierrez-Calconcit were battling in court over her intent to move the children to her native Mexico.

English represented himself in the pending family-law case.

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