Pinal officials say church shooting is murder-suicide

| November 7, 2010

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said a man who fatally shot his ex-wife in Florence turned a gun on himself.

Authorities searching the desert Wednesday afternoon found the body of Dominic Donatella, 39, about a mile from his vehicle on Interstate 8 near Gila Bend. The Sheriff's Office said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officials began searching for Donatella on Tuesday night, after ex-wife Jamie Gallegos was gunned down in front of Christ the Victor church on Arizona Farms Road near Hunt Highway. Gallegos, 35, had been taking their young sons, ages 7 and 9, to karate practice.

Bystanders performed CPR on Gallegos, who had been shot multiple times. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, where Gallegos and her boyfriend worked, had additional security measures in place Wednesday. A hospital statement said, "Today our thoughts are with Jamie's family and friends as they learn of this great loss."

In May, Gallegos told the Sheriff's Office that Donatella threatened to kill himself and her coworker, who later became a love interest. Donatella refuted the claim and was charged with assault and disorderly conduct against Gallegos.

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