By Matt Wiley

A man is in critical condition after being shot several times by his spouse during a domestic dispute in Wesley Chapel.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), Diana Louise Matthews, 42, of 33502 Arthur Dr. in Wesley Chapel, was arrested at 3 p.m. on June 16 after shooting her husband, George Reavis, 47, several times during a domestic dispute at the couple’s residence.

The PCSO arrest report says that during an interview following her arrest, Matthews confessed to shooting Reavis several times, although she is not sure how many shots she fired. The report says that when the verbal altercation became physical, Matthews exited the residence to avoid Reavis. When he followed her outside, she grabbed a Colt .380 handgun from her car and inserted a clip of ammunition.

The report says that in her interview, Matthews said that she attempted to run back inside the residence, but was grabbed by her hair, which is when she spun around and opened fire. After shooting Reavis, the report states, Matthews told deputies that she went into the house and attempted to shoot herself, but could not reload the gun, at which point she called her former spouse on the telephone and admitted to shooting her current husband. Deputies confirmed the phone call with the ex-spouse, the report states. Matthews told deputies that she had hidden the gun in her bathroom, which was recovered as she described.

Reavis was reported to still be in critical condition at our press time.

The report states that the suspect told deputies that domestic abuse had been an issue for years, She is being held without bail at the Land O’ Lakes jail on one charge of attempted murder.

No further information was available at our press time.

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