Retired prison guard shoots estranged wife in Woodside: DA

By Bill Parry

A 54-year-old retired city correction officer has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his wife in their Woodside home last Sunday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. According to the charges, Victor Guzman was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with his wife, Maria Guzman, 52, inside their apartment on 59th Street near Laurel Hill Boulevard when he pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and fired one round while their 7-year-old grandson was in the home.

The bullet struck Maria Guzman in the chest with fragments hitting her spleen, stomach and adrenal glands, according to the DA. She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where her injuries were not life-threatening, a police spokesman said.

Guzman was arrested at 60th Street and Queens Boulevard and charged with second-degree attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the DA. If convicted, Guzman faces up to 25 years in prison.

The Guzmans were estranged and planning a divorce, according to the NYPD.

Meanwhile, an off-duty Emergency Medical Technician was arrested in Woodside Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted and stabbed his girlfriend in their home near 64th Street and Queens Boulevard, police said. Peter Matura, 31, an EMT with the FDNY was arrested around 1:30 p.m. after allegedly throwing the victim against a wall and smashing her head before stabbing her in the abdomen causing a laceration, police said. She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where she was listed in stable condition.

Matura was charged with assault, grand larceny, criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment, according to the NYPD.

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