SAN ANTONIO -- Investigators were called to the scene of a double shooting on the west side early Tuesday morning.
Police said a man shot his wife in the jaw line. A SAPD report says they were arguing over their marital status inside their home in the 2200 block of Muuga Manor. After shooting her twice, the husband then walked into another room and shot himself to death, according to the San Antonio Police Department.
The man's wife was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive the attack, police said.
Four children were reportedly inside the home when the shooting happened, around 12:30 a.m. Police said one of the children called them and reported her 'step dad' had shot her mom. They were not injured. A family member is keeping the kids.
Family members identified the suspect as Senior Chief Petty Officer Paul Zurita Ramirez. Investigators said the man was an officer in the Navy.
Ramirez's mother told KENS 5's Marvin Hurst that Ramirez served in Afghanistan. She believes her son was suffering from PTSD.
"You see it all the time but you never think that it's going to happen to you, to the person that you love," said Yolanda Zurita Donias, the suspect's mother. "He had so much. He loved his boys and his beautiful wife. A beautiful family. He had everything going for him. But something happened. Something happened."
Police said officers would look into the PTSD claim as part of their on-going investigation.
According to a study released by the Pentagon, the Army leads the military in suicides, followed by the Navy, then the Air Force and the Marines.