Scottsdale Police: man shot by ex-wife expected to live

Rhonda S. Cerny

Rhonda S. Cerny

On Friday, July 17, Rhonda S. Cerny was arrested in the shooting of her estranged husband.

Scottsdale police officers responded to a call around 2:30 p.m. after the victim’s adult daughter reportedly called 911 stating that her mother had just shot her father.

Responding officers made contact at the home, 9701 E. Happy Valley Rd. in Scottsdale, finding the victim, Ms. Cerny and the adult daughter. The victim had one gunshot wound to the chest, according to a press release.

He was transported to the hospital; his injuries were serious but he is expected to make a full recovery, according to the release.

Through the course of the investigation, police learned that Ms. Cerny and the victim are divorced. According to police, just after 2 p.m., Ms. Cerny was brought to the residence by her adult daughter.

Ms. Cerny entered the home while the daughter remained outside, stated the release. Once inside, Ms. Cerny confronted the victim with a small caliber hand gun. During a short verbal exchange, Ms. Cerny shot the victim, according to the release.

The daughter heard the shot from outside and immediately called police, according to the release. There is no evidence that indicates Ms. Cerny was justified in using deadly force in the exchange, stated the release.

The release also states that there is no indication that the daughter had any knowledge of her mother’s intentions or that she had a gun in her possession.

Ms. Cerny was booked on charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, Burglary and Criminal Trespass in the First Degree, according to a press release.

This is a Domestic Violence incident. The names of the victim and daughter will not be released at this time, stated the release.

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