GLADSTONE, Mo. -- A murder in Gladstone is being called a crime of passion involving a Texas husband and wife and a Gladstone psychiatrist.
Police arrested Shannon O-Roark Griffin, outside of Newton, Kan., for the murder of Dr. Irina Puscariu of Gladstone.
According to the probable cause statement, O'Roark Griffin shot Puscariu three times at the psychiatrist's home Friday afternoon after her husband allegedly refused to end his affair with Puscariu. Prosecutors say O'Roark Griffin drove from Texas to Missouri with the intent to kill Puscariu after O'Roark Griffin and her husband, Air Force Col. Roscoe Griffin finished a therapy session where he told her he wanted a divorce.
FOX 4 talked to several people off camera who knew Irina Puscariu. They say they're shocked and saddened by the news. They say that Puscariu was a beautiful person who was kind and caring.
One friend said she may not have made the best decision falling for a married man, but she didn't deserve what happened.
According to court records, Col. Griffin called police about the murder. He said he knew Puscariu was dead because his wife called to tell him she had killed his mistress.
Puscariu's elderly mother told police the doorbell rang around 2 p.m. on Friday and a woman came into the house and shot Puscariu three times. She later identified O'Roark-Griffin in a photo line up. As O'Raork-Griffin drove away, she called her daughter and her husband to say she did what she had to do to protect him and others from this evil woman.
A spokesperson for the V.A. Hospital where Puscariu worked says the staff is upset and that Puscariu was a valued staff member. They also said people who knew her, loved her.
Irina's ex-husband didn't want to speak on camera but told FOX 4 this is an "unspeakable loss and the biggest personal loss of his whole life." He says "It has destroyed two families!" He also asked for respect for the families while they go through this tragedy.