Arrest documents made public Tuesday shed further light on Sunday’s shooting death of Jose L. Mateo, who police say was killed by his wife in their north Killeen home.

Vilmarie Mateo is charged with murder. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned her Tuesday, and set her bail at $1 million. Mateo was in Bell County Jail Tuesday night.

A probable-cause affidavit released Tuesday showed the Mateos’ 9-year-old son overheard his parents fighting the day of the shooting.

Police interviewed the boy after they responded to a report of a domestic disturbance and a shooting at a home in the 2500 block of Wiley Drive just before 4 p.m. Sunday.

The boy told police he was watching television when he heard a gunshot. He waited three minutes before walking into his parents’ bedroom.

He said he saw his father lying on the bed and his mother standing in front of the bed.

When police arrived, Vilmarie Mateo met police outside. She was hysterical, the affidavit states, and told police to “please go help him.”

Police found Jose L. Mateo on the bed with a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest. He was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death marks the seventh homicide of the year in Killeen and the third this month.

Police are searching for David Michael Vega, 28, the suspect in the Aug. 17 stabbing death of Danielle Acosta-Guerrero.

The department has not named a suspect in the Aug. 18 shooting death of Lorenzo Dominic Fagan.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553

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So sad that the boy will carry this with him the rest of his life. [sad]

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