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04/03/08 - Denton

Texas Man Shoots Church Pastor And Wife, Police Say

Denton County - Arturo Silva Denton County - Arturo Silva

Authorities say an 18-year-old man shot a pastor and his wife as they were getting ready to leave for church services.

The man apparently blamed them for his breakup with his girlfriend.

18-year-old Arturo Silva Junior is being held at the Denton County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bond was set at $250,000. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

A Denton County sheriff's deputy says Silva shot 32-year-old Pedro Beltrain and his 33-year-old wife , Zaida, as they were getting ready to leave for church with Silva's former girlfriend. The 27-year-old ex -girlfriend had recently obtained a restraining order against Silva.

The pastor was shot in the arm and his wife in the mouth. Both are in stable condition at a hospital in Dallas. Silva fled before deputies arrived, leaving a .22-caliber pistol on the porch. Deputies also found six spent shells on the ground.

Silva turned himself in Monday.

Story courtesy of the Associated Press.

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