By AM980 Staff
A London woman, arrested on a weapons charge after her husband was fatally shot by police during a confrontation in Old South, has been released from jail.
Melissa Facciolo was detained last Friday for possession of a crossbow, and spent five days over the Christmas holidays in custody away from her two young children. Facciolo is scheduled to appear in court again on January 10th.
“I think anybody could try to imagine what it would be like to go through what she went through last week,” said her lawyer Phil Millar.
“Seeing her husband shot in front of her face with her kids present, and then being taken from her kids.”
Millar says his client was concerned about her infant child, who is breastfed.
“That six month old was in the house when her husband was shot so we had to go to great lengths to get her child breast milk while she was in jail and get her a breast pump so she could continue to feed when she gets out.”
Her husband, 35-year-old Sam Maloney, died during the confrontation on Duchess Ave. last Friday. The province’s Special Investigations Unit is probing the circumstances surrounding his death.
“I’m trying to understand why a pre-dawn forced entry raid was required in a house where there’s two young kids,” said Millar
A London police officer was reportedly struck with a crossbow during last Friday’s incident, and suffered a minor injury.
The SIU has assigned three subject officers and 18 witness officers to the case and is urging anyone who may have information about the investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 ext. 1935.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.