PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - A former U.S. Army captain, accused of shooting and killing her husband last week in St. Lucie County, has been arrested, according to Port St. Lucie police.
Valerie Ann Lowe, 53, faces a charge of second degree murder.
On the night of the shooting, police say, Lowe told them she had just shot her husband, identified as 59-year-old Laurence Edward Daly.
Lowe told police she was involved in a domestic argument with her husband when she shot him with a .38 Caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.
In a 911 call, Lowe told the operator, "My husband was coming after me, and he refused to leave me alone, and he was being very aggressive and assault me, and he drew his fist back while I was laying in the bed like he was going to punch me in my face again."
Police located Daly lying on the master bedroom floor. He was transported to Lawnwood Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.
The couple had been married less than a year, and police had been to the house on two previous occasions on domestic calls.
Following the arrest Wednesday the Daly family released this statement through their attorney:
Larry Edward Daly was fatally shot and killed on February 5th in a senseless act of violence in Port St. Lucie, FL. Larry was a loving father, grandfather and brother who demonstrated a love of the Lord and lived his life accordingly. As this unfortunate tragedy unfolds, we ask that you keep Larry's memory in your hearts and minds.
The act of taking Larry's life and the circumstances surrounding his untimely death is certainly a tragic and unnecessary event. We ask that all those who knew Larry remember his acts of kindness and the love he had for his family and the lord.
We thank the media for respecting our privacy and ask for their continued support. We are grateful to the Port St. Lucie Police Department, especially Detectives Lagrega and Herrington for their ongoing dedication and kindness to the Daly family during this horrific time. Their efforts bring great relief to the Daly family and the community. We are confident that the responsible party will be brought to justice.
We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the members of Larry's extended community for their thoughts and prayers during this time.