Gunman shoots ex-wife 4 times on day of court appearance for child custody battle, deputies say

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Man cut off power before shooting ex-wife 4 times, deputies say
Deputies say the man used the box on the side of the house to cut off all power before breaking into a back window and shooting the woman four times.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A man accused of shooting his ex-wife four times Monday morning, the day they were scheduled to appear in court for a child custody hearing, has been arrested.

Harris County sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Memorial Crossing Drive near Memorial Falls Drive in response to a shooting/home invasion around 3:30 a.m. Monday.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Andrea Wright's ex-husband cut off all power to her home, broke into the back window and shot her four times.

Aaron B. Wright was located and arrested later Monday morning and booked into the Harris County Jail, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. He's charged with aggravated assault.

Andrea has undergone at least one surgery and will likely need more, according to her current boyfriend.

Court records show that Aaron filed divorce two years ago almost to the exact day of the shooting.

In February 2020, Andrea was granted a temporary protective order against Aaron, but a judge denied her attempt to extend it in November of that year.

Both neighbors and Andrea's current boyfriend said the former couple has a tumultuous relationship.

Records from HCSO show three calls for service to her address since March, including a terroristic threat and a suspicious vehicle. Precinct 4 has at least 13 calls from both Aaron and Andrea between 2019 and 2020. Many were requests from Andrea for welfare checks on their children while they were staying at their father's home.

Their four children between the ages of 5 and 12 were home, sleeping in their beds during the shooting, according to Harris County Deputy Investigator John Mook. They were all uninjured.

Investigators say Aaron may have anticipated losing custody of the kids when the pair was scheduled to appear in court Monday for a child custody hearing.

Aaron reportedly used the power box on the side of the home, which was unlocked at the time of the shooting, to cut off the power.

When asked if the ex-husband had made threats before, Mook said he had a history with Andrea's new boyfriend.

"I do understand that he has threatened the new boyfriend multiple times," Mook said. "I'm sure this was a contentious divorce as well. We're looking into all of that."

Surveillance video shows a second suspect with Aaron at the scene. Deputies believe the second suspect is his new girlfriend.

She has not been charged in the case. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said they are working to positively identify everyone involved.

The pair reportedly drove to the home in Aaron's work truck, parked down the street and approached on foot. They both fled the scene on foot, according to Mook.

The four children are safe with their grandmother, according to investigators.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with expenses.