FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Court records show that a man arrested in the slaying of his ex-wife after a five-hour standoff Tuesday had a tumultuous marriage that ended in divorce and a protective order against him.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/1lAGbat ) that 49-year-old John St. Angelo surrendered after police used a robot to throw tear gas inside a house where he was holed up.
A police spokeswoman said he had a self-inflicted wound. St. Angelo remained hospitalized Wednesday. Officers quoted by the newspaper say he had a face wound.
He is accused of stabbing to death his ex-wife, real estate agent Suzanne Parsons, on Monday. She was pronounced dead at the real estate office of the company for which she worked. The Tarrant County medical examiner said she died of multiple stab and cut wounds to her chest and neck.
Court documents show that the couple's divorce was finalized Dec. 16. They filed for divorce in May, the same month Parsons obtained a protective order against St. Angelo.
St. Angelo was arrested in June for assaulting Parsons' brother with a hammer and in October was sentenced to two days in jail.
A woman who had met St. Angelo months earlier alerted police after finding him Monday night in her home, where the standoff then unfolded.
As police officers approached the house, they could hear several gunshots being fired. They did not respond but called the SWAT team.
In an affidavit for the protective order, Parsons said he would threaten her. "He breaks things, screams and has threatened me," Parsons said.
Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com