Restraining Order Not Enough To Protect Woman From Husband

CLEVELAND – Officials from the Cleveland Police Department said that a husband ignored a restraining order and shot his wife in the head on Friday, Action News' Wendy Gillette reported.

They said that he then went on to dump her out of his car in the city's near west side.

Minerva Rodriguez, 32, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where she was treated and, amazingly, listed in good condition.

Minerva's husband, Eddie Rodriguez, was described as the prime suspect.

Relatives said that Minerva left her husband and filed for divorce two months ago, but the restraining order that she filed didn't keep him away from her home on Trowbridge Avenue.

Action News was the only television station there when police took Eddie into custody on Friday afternoon.

Minerva's sister said that Eddie frequently threatened his wife with his gun.

On Friday morning, Minerva was found on Valentine Avenue. Police said that she was shot inside a van and then dumped down onto the road.

The van was found at the corner of West 17th Street and Brainard Avenue. People who live in that neighborhood can't believe the violence that unfolded inside the van.

"There's a lot of kids around here," witness Jhinarra Walker said. "The man could have run into anyone's house. It's just a lot of kids around here. And for the lady, I hope she's OK."

It appears that Minerva will indeed be OK. Relatives said that the woman worked at MetroHealth as a housekeeper.

Action News will stay on top of the story and let you know when police file charges in this case.