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911 call: I just shot my wife

Posted September 7, 2012

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— Mario Vellotti of Raleigh called 911 on Aug. 30 to report that he had shot his wife and was ready to surrender.

"I'm going to the Raleigh Police Department to turn myself in. I just shot my wife," he can be heard saying on calls released Friday.

Police found Agata Flipska Vellotti, 43, at the Meridian at Wakefield apartments, at 11501 Colbert Creek Loop. Friends said she had recently moved out of the home she shared with her husband and was looking forward to starting a new life with the couple's 6-year-old son.

According to court documents, the two married in Poland in 2005 and were involved in a custody dispute, and Agata Vellotti had a domestic violence protective order against her husband. She was returning from walking her son to school when she was shot just before 9 a.m.

In another 911 call, a neighbor tells dispatchers his wife saw Mario Vellotti walking with a gun outside his home on Kinsley Place. "I'm a witness in an on-going case, and I've been a witness on behalf of his wife," the caller says, noting that Mario Vellotti has made threats against his family. 

Attorneys handling the Vellottis' divorce were apparently so concerned that they both called 911 within minutes of the shooting. Mario Vellotti's attorney told dispatchers he had called them to tell them he had shot his ex-wife outside of North Forest Pines Elementary School. 

Minutes later, Agata Vellotti's divorce lawyer also called 911 to report that opposing counsel told him his client had shot his estranged wife. After the dispatcher confirmed to the lawyer that police are investigating a shooting on Colbert Creek Loop, the lawyer curses and gets off the phone.

Mario Vellotti, 64, of 2728 Kinsley Place, faces a charge of first-degree murder and is being held without bond in the Wake County jail.

According to a letter sent to Agata Vellotti's friends, the couple's son is in protective custody, and Agata Vellotti's family hopes to bring him to Poland to live with them as soon as possible.

Wake Family Law Group, the firm that represented Agata Vellotti, is trying to raise money to make that happen. Donations can be made to Francesco's Fund, c/o Wake Family Law Group, 4350 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Raleigh, N.C. 27609.

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  • Lightfoot3 Sep 11, 2012

    "What if there had not been a gun in the home" - charmcclainlovesdogs2


    Then the headline would probably be: "911 call: I just stabbed my wife"

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 10, 2012

    that a gun that does not exist can murder no one

    WHAT A FOOLISH COMMENT! A LIFE WAS TAKEN AND THAT IS WHAT YOU CAME UP WITH. YOU SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO THIS LADY'S FAMILY.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 10, 2012

    And once you have a protective order,

    That is nothing but a piece of paper. Many lives are still being taken. There has to be a better way. One way is for the ladies to get out while they can.

  • piene2 Sep 10, 2012

    "Another tragedy of a loaded gun in the wrong hands. What if there had not been a gun in the home, then I suppose the wife could be living a while longer today. May justice be served to this man who had no right to take her life. Life in prison!
    charmcclainlovesdogs2"

    The NRA Yahoos are not capable of understanding that a gun that does not exist can murder no one.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 10, 2012

    Another tragedy of a loaded gun in the wrong hands. What if there had not been a gun in the home, then I suppose the wife could be living a while longer today. May justice be served to this man who had no right to take her life. Life in prison!

  • AtALost Sep 10, 2012

    And once you have a protective order, you probably won't even have to go to court. Personally, I wouldn't live my life looking around corners. I'd get a protective order then wait for you to come over. 2 steps outside the car and it would be over. Can't control your anger then I'll control it for you.

  • AtALost Sep 10, 2012

    "How do we prevent this? It seems everyone knew not only was he capable of this, but this outcome was almost to be expected."

    You TRY to prevent it by taking matters into your own hands. You believe the threats, make changes to your residence, schedule, etc. and learn how to protect yourself. This doesn't guarantee anything, but it improves the odds. The day I get a protective order on anyone is the same day I sign up for CCW class.

  • piene2 Sep 10, 2012

    "I'm tired of people always laying the blame everywhere except on the person who commits the crime. It's not the attorney's fault or the neighbors fault or the police's fault. Those who want to blame guns or access to guns had better hope they've got one when the people who ignore our laws decide to come after him (her).
    BubbaDukeforPresident"

    Well at least no one has blamed President Obama; yet.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Sep 10, 2012

    I'm tired of people always laying the blame everywhere except on the person who commits the crime. It's not the attorney's fault or the neighbors fault or the police's fault. Those who want to blame guns or access to guns had better hope they've got one when the people who ignore our laws decide to come after him (her).

  • kspoling Sep 10, 2012

    amen lightfoot

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