Kevin Canty, a 43-year-old former transit cop who retired from the NYPD a year ago after getting hurt in an accident, has been charged with shooting and killing his wife, 40-year-old Jessica Canty, in their Ozone Park, Queens home on Saturday morning. The couple’s 4-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy were in the house at the time, and witnesses say they saw the kids running to a nearby deli afterward. “They came in screaming, crying, saying their dad just shot their mom and there’s blood all over, please help,” one neighbor told CBS New York.
Jessica was put in an ambulance with injuries to her stomach, right arm, and chest, and died en route to the hospital. Kevin, meanwhile, was discovered trying to break into cars on Pitkin Avenue, where he was arrested with a nine-millimeter handgun. Another neighbor told the New York Post that the Cantys “[fought] all the time,” and called the incident “inevitable.” Another said that Kevin, who was once praised on the NYPD’s Facebook page for helping to save the life of a man who had a heart attack in Union Square, had explicitly threatened to kill Jessica in the past. He’s now facing charges of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.