Police Arrests Italian Man Who Killed His Nigerian Wife

Richard Ginika Izuora

Police in Italy have arrested a 61-year-old Italian man identified as Pierangelo Pellizzari, who shot his Nigerian wife to death.

He was accused of shooting the woman for allegedly seeking to divorce him.

The man had fled after committing the crime and had been on the run for nearly 30 hours and was declared wanted for the brutal killing of his Nigerian wife who he shot four times; including one that shattered the woman’s face, Latin Time reports.

The deceased woman, a Nigerian, was identified as Amenze Rita who was allegedly shot by the Italian in front of her friends at the parking lot of Mf Mushroom; a company where Amenze worked for.

The incident happened on the morning of Friday, September 10, 2021 in Noventa Vicentina.

Pellizzari was arrested the following day, Saturday, September 11, in the afternoo after being tracked down at a house near his home in Villaga hiding in a chicken coop. Police found him with the weapon still in his pocket.

Reports say when Police surrounded him, the 61-year-old did not resist arrest. Although reports in Italy say the motive behind the shooting remains unclear, there were allegations that the deceased had wanted to move on from her marriage to the suspect.

Before the crime it appears the unemployed Italian man had coffee at a bar. The Police in Italy is believed to be currently assessing video footage of him at the bar.

Pellizzari could be seen in the video visibly agitated, walking into the bar and ordering coffee, Latin Times says. It appears that after consuming the hot beverage, he got up and proceeded to the workplace and shot his Nigerian wife.

Amenze died instantly and witnesses say she tried to shield herself with her arms.

People who witnessed the shooting alleged that Amenze slid to the ground between two cars. After shooting her, Pellizzari fired one shot in the air so that he could escape.

One witness added that after doing so; the 61-year-old calmly slid the firearm into his jacket and then got into his SUV and sped away. Pellizzari is now in police custody.

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