ZEPHYRHILLS — Early Sunday morning, after deputies rushed through the dark to her mobile home, where her husband lay bleeding, Diana Louise Mathews surrendered. She told them how she had already called and confessed everything to her ex-husband. How years of abuse had made her go for the gun in the first place.
A heated argument had begun about 2 a.m. and led to a physical fight between Mathews and her husband, George Reavis, a Pasco County sheriff's report says. She burst out of the home at 33502 Arthur Drive to get away, but Reavis followed.
Mathews retreated to her car. She grabbed a .38-caliber Colt pistol and loaded a clip. Mathews tried to run back inside, she told deputies, but Reavis grabbed her by the hair.
"That's when I turned around and shot him," she said, according to the report.
She said she didn't know how many times she had squeezed the trigger. She left Reavis with "multiple gunshot wounds (to) his torso and lower groin region," the report says.
Mathews told deputies she went inside, where she was going to shoot herself, but couldn't reload the gun.
She left the gun in the bathroom and called her ex-husband. Reports do not list his name. Reavis, 47, was taken to a hospital in "very critical condition," according to the report.
Deputies arrested Mathews, 42, on a charge of attempted murder. She remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Monday in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Records show that Mathews has been arrested three times in Pasco County in connection with cases of aggravated assault, fraud and domestic battery. Charges were dropped in all cases except one of fraud.
She is listed as a licensed massage therapist in Tampa.
Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.