Gabriela Rose Shepherd is a California pastor’s wife who police allege shot her husband to death in San Diego. Police said that Shepherd, 26, shot her husband, Noah David Shepherd, at their home in Lemon Grove, police said in a statement.
Gabriela Shepherd told police she thought Noah Shepherd, who was entering the home through the back, was an intruder, according to CBS 8 San Diego.
“Deputies attempted lifesaving efforts until relieved by fire personnel. Noah was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, Noah was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital,” said the statement from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.
His family was notified, and the homicide unit took over the investigation, police said. Gabriela Shepherd was charged with murder and booked into the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, law enforcement said.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Gabriela Shepherd Is a Mom & She Had 2 Young Children Who Were Home at the Time of the Shooting
CBS 8 San Diego reported that Gabriela and Noah Shepherd had two young children together. They were home at the time of the shooting, and she told police she thought there was an intruder trying to come into the house when she shot her husband, who was coming in through the back door, the news outlet reported.
She told police the shooting was accidental, according to CBS 8. It was unclear why Noah Shepherd, who was returning home from work, was using the back door to come inside, the news outlet reported.
The shots were fired through a screen door outside the bedroom, CBS 8 reported. The children were not physically injured, the article said.
2. Noah Shepherd Was the Pastor of San Diego Reformed Presbyterian Church & He Became an Ordained Minister in November
Noah Shepherd was the pastor of San Diego Reformed Presbyterian Church, according to a statement from RP Global Alliance, an alliance of Reformed Presbyterian churches.
“It is with sad and heavy hearts that we record the passing of Pastor Noah Shepherd. Noah, 29, was the Pastor of San Diego Reformed Presbyterian Church,” the statement said. “Remember his family and congregation as they mourn his loss and pray for the ministers of the presbytery as they seek to comfort those who are grieving.”
Kyle Borg with the Reformed Presbyterian Global Alliance told CBS 8 San Diego that Noah Shepherd had been ordained in November.
“Noah was a man of character and positive energy,” Borg told the news outlet. “The church is just processing the news and the congregation is reeling. The day has been spent just processing what happened and at this point, it is too early to talk about a memorial.”
3. Noah Shepherd Spoke About Health Problems in His Last Sermon, Given on Sunday
Noah Shepherd delivered his last sermon on Sunday, July 11, 2021. In it, he spoke about health issues that he had recently been experiencing, and said he had been in the hospital for treatment, according to CBS 8 San Diego. He said the illness led to a “difficult week” for himself and his wife, who he called Gaby.
“It’s been a very difficult week for Gaby and I. I’ve been very ill. Praise the lord not COVID – nothing like that. Praise the lord nothing life threatening either,” he told his congregants, according to the news outlet.
Just a few days later, police said he was shot to death in his own yard.
“It’s not clear why Noah, who had just arrived home, was entering the house through the back, but Gaby apparently told authorities she thought he was an intruder,” CBS 8 San Diego wrote on Twitter.
4. Law Enforcement Found Noah Shepherd Wounded Behind the House & Arrested His Wife
Witnesses told CBS 8 San Diego they heard multiple gunshots in the killing of the pastor. Neighbors told the news outlet they heard two gunshots, followed by a pause, and then at least five more gunshots.
San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Arens told CBS 8 San Diego the shooting happened in the couple’s back yard on Camino de las Palmas near Calle Norte, west of state Route 125, in San Diego County shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 13. Noah Shepherd, 29, was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the news outlet reported, and Gabriela Shepherd has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
“When they arrived, they found an adult male who had been shot behind a residence,” said Lt. Thomas Seiver with the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit in a statement to CBS 8. “The deputies attempted life saving measures until relieved by fire personnel. The male was transported to a local area hospital, but unfortunately he was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving.”
5. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit Is Continuing Its Investigation Into the Shooting & Looking for Witnesses With Information
Police are continuing their investigation and asking any additional witnesses to come forward in a written statement.
“Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (858) 285-6330/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477,” law enforcement said in their written statement.
Gabriela Shepherd is being held without bail at Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, the women’s county lockup facility, according to CBS 8 San Diego. She is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon, July 15, 2021.
“Based on the investigation, detectives arrested Noah’s wife, twenty-six-year-old Gabriela Rose Shepherd, for 187(a) PC – Murder and booked her into Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility,” the police statement said.