Woman arrested after shooting estranged husband in the face in Janesville

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) - A woman has been arrested for shooting a man in the face outside a Janesville bank Wednesday night.

According to Janesville Police, officers were called to the Blackhawk Credit Union on Center Avenue around 9:30 p.m., when they got to the scene they found a 48-year-old man had been shot in the face.

The man told officers while he was stopped at an ATM, he noticed a silver van approach the side of his car. The driver in the van was the man's estranged wife. The man then heard a shot and realized he'd been hit, and he was able to run to the Casey's convenience store across the street to get help.

On Thursday authorities identified Nova T. Suarez, 43, as the suspect and wife of the victim. Now in custody, Suarez has been charged with Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide/ Domestic Violence.

NBC15 looked into Suarez's background and history, and court documents reveal she filed for divorce in January. The couple was due back for in court for a hearing in December.

Court documents also show the two have filed a number of complaints against each other in addition to filing for divorce.

The victim was taken to Mercy Hospital where he was treated and released for injuries that are not life-threatening.

The closest neighbor to the bank, who goes by the name Dawn Renee, said she heard the gunshot and could hardly sleep. She added that a single charge is not enough.

"They should’ve added a few extra charges in there, I would think, such as public area discharging firearms," she said. "I’m hoping we don’t see 'let’s make a deal' go on with the DA.”

If you have information on this incident you are encouraged to contact the Janesville Police Department at 608-757-2244, CrimeStoppers at 608-756-3636, or leave an anonymous tip on the P3 app using your smart phone.


Nova T. Suarez, charged with shooting her husband in the head Wednesday in Janesville.