Police: Wife tries to kill off-duty cop husband with truck

SALEM, Ore. - An off-duty police officer is in critical condition after his wife hit him with a pickup truck early Monday morning, Oregon State Police said.

Kenneth M. Nunez, 48, is at Salem Hospital after being hit by a Ford F-150 driven by his wife, 47-year-old Shirley Teresa Nunez, state police said.

The victim was walking to his motorcycle parked in front of his home around 1:19 a.m. when the truck hit him, police said.

Minutes earlier, Salem police responded to a report that Shirley Nunez entered a home through a sliding glass door and pointed a gun at a woman she suspected was having a relationship with Kenneth Nunez, police said.

Shirley Nunez was initially transported to Salem Hospital for a medical evaluation before OSP detectives arrested her and lodged her at the Marion County Jail on charges of:

  • Attempted Murder
  • Assault in the First Degree
  • Burglary in the First Degree
  • Menacing
  • Pointing a Firearm at Another Person
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon

The investigation is ongoing with the assistance of Keizer Police Department, Salem Police Department and Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Nunez is a patrol officer with the Salem Police Department. He joined the department in 2005.