The victim was shot twice, in the neck and chest
Two months after serving her husband with divorce papers — and mere hours before she’d be moving out of the Blaine, Minnesota, home the couple had shared for many years — police say 46-year-old Mary Jo Jansen was fatally shot by her husband on Friday night.
Matthew Lynn Jansen, 46, allegedly called police immediately after the shooting. He was charged with Jansen’s murder.
According to the criminal complaint against Jansen, he nonchalantly commented to the arriving officers “I guess I don’t have to worry about a divorce now” before remarking, “I can’t believe I did it.”
Jansen has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bail.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE, police arrived at the Jansens’ home and ordered him to step outside, unarmed. As he complied, he allegedly told them his gun was inside and unloaded.
Officers entered the house to find an unloaded .44-caliber handgun on the stairs and Mary Jo’s lifeless body in an upstairs bedroom. Two shell casings were also recovered.
The complaint states that medical examiners concluded her death was a homicide resulting from single gunshots to the neck and chest.
Mary Jo’s family members told police she’d filed for divorce around Thanksgiving of last year, according to the complaint.
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Although the divorce had not yet been finalized, Mary Jo had allegedly found a new apartment.
According to the complaint, it appears that the couple’s family had concerns that the split could turn violent. “Family members said they had removed firearms from the home and the defendant after an incident in December,” the complaint reads, without providing further details.
Investigators claim to have recovered a receipt for the gun used in the killing, indicating it was purchased earlier this month.
It was unclear Tuesday if Jansen had retained an attorney who could comment on his behalf. He has yet to enter a plea to the charge — but will likely be asked for one at his next hearing, which is scheduled for March 18.