- Associated Press - Saturday, July 15, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - A Mesa man has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his live-in girlfriend.

Mesa police say 52-year-old Teddy Carl Vanders reported about 4 a.m. Thursday that he had just shot his girlfriend at their home.

The two reportedly had lived together for a decade and Vanders told police that had been drinking and arguing before the shooting occurred.

Court documents show that Vanders told police he shot the woman to end her alleged abusiveness.

The name of the victim hasn’t been released.

Bond was set at $750,000 for Vanders at his initial court appearance Friday.

Vanders has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 24 in his case and doesn’t have a lawyer yet.

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