Shortly after his estranged wife was shot in a St. Louis Park parking lot, Michael C. Iheme, called 911 and said, "I have killed the woman that mess my life up.... a woman that had destroyed me," according to charges filed Friday.
Iheme, 50, was charged with first-degree, premeditated murder in the death of Anthonia E. Iheme, 28. He is being held on $1 million bail in the Hennepin County jail.
Anthonia Iheme was shot Thursday as she left work at the Sholom Home West, 3620 Phillips Pkwy., an assisted-living center. Two witnesses reported seeing a man matching Iheme's description with a gun near his wife's car in the parking lot.
Hennepin County court records show that she had an active harassment restraining order against Iheme. The supporting affidavit suggests a history of domestic abuse, including threats by Iheme to kill his wife. The complaint said police in Brooklyn Park, where the couple lived most recently, had a number of domestic assault calls.
One of Anthonia Iheme's co-workers saw her get into her car about 2:35 p.m. Thursday and then saw Iheme get out of his car and shoot at Anthonia's car, which lurched forward, clipped a van, jumped a curb and rolled down a hill into a fence. Iheme followed the car down the hill and fired more shots, the complaint said.
A woman who lived down the hall from the couple when they lived in Brooklyn Center said Iheme took care of their two children and his wife worked. Anthonia moved out this spring, and Iheme and the children moved later, said the woman, who asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation from Iheme's friends.
She said once when she locked herself out and had a locksmith opening her apartment door, Iheme came into the hall in his underwear about 10 p.m. and complained about the noise. He glared at her when she asked him to put on some clothes, she said.
On Thursday, Iheme was arrested at the scene and a semi-automatic handgun was found near his car, police said. Inside, police found a gun permit and Cabela's receipt for the gun, charges said. He told arresting officers: "I called the police.... I shot her. ... I shot her."
Police also said that an hour and a half before the shooting, Iheme went to the day-care center for their son, 4, and daughter, 3, and left new emergency contact information, "in case something happened today." Jim Adams • 612-673-7658