Department of Corrections Officer Anthony Rinaldi Accused of Murdering Wife

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Amanda Rinaldi (right).
An officer with the Arizona Department of Corrections turned himself into authorities last night and confessed to murdering his wife at the Phoenix home the couple shared.

The officer's two young children were in the home at the time of the shooting.

Phoenix police say about 6:20 p.m. yesterday, Anthony Rinaldi, 26, and his wife, 28-year-old Amanda Rinaldi, got into an argument at their home in the 4600 block of East Piedmont Drive in Phoenix.

The argument ended when the corrections officer fatally shot his wife.

Rinaldi then left the home and headed west on the I-10, where he saw a Department of Public Safety officer conducting a traffic stop. He turned himself into the officer, saying he'd just shot his wife.

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Anthony Rinaldi

The Rinaldis' two children -- ages 7 and 2 -- were home at the time of the shooting. The 7-year-old reportedly called police following the shooting and told the dispatcher that his parents were fighting and he'd heard three gun shots.

Neither of the children were injured during the shooting, Phoenix Sergeant Trent Crump says, and are currently in the process of being placed in the custody of other family members.

The DOC sent us the following statement from Director Charles Ryan:

"The Arizona Department of Corrections is saddened by the tragic news that a wife of an ADC employee was shot and killed last night.  Officer Anthony Rinaldi has been dismissed from the Department, and the Phoenix Police Department is investigating his involvement in the shooting."

Rinaldi was booked into a Maricopa County jail on one count of second-degree murder.

We've requested Rinaldi's arrest report -- check back later for additional details.

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Pamlcummins
Pamlcummins

I read all the posts and was amused by many of them.Some people...anyways,I have a son in a missouri prison and he has been in for awhile.Prison guards are simply humans just like we all are.There are assholes out here just like there are assholes in prisons...as an inmate and state employees,guards,medical,case workers,ect.This story has ruined lives.What a horrific outcome to life isues! My heart is with the children...how this could effect their own lives...forever.So sad.

Jausmc2006
Jausmc2006

Jlo1965 you have no idea what we deal with as CO'S on a day to day basis. These inmates regardless of theory are one manipulation after another. Your husband is most likely the same. Pardon the expression however you're a typical "inmate spouse." Haven't you noticed since his incarceration it's the "poor little me" forum where everyone else is the bad guy. The vast majority of these inmates never take full responsibility of their actions, rather they continue living in their translucent and "shitty" existence and try to pollute everything around them, which you jlo1965 are the perfect example. Rip Amanda and may God bless those beautiful children.

Teachereva2003
Teachereva2003

My oldest son was deployed with Anthony Rinaldi. He and all their friends are just shocked.  It's such a shame. The situation is such a tragedy.  I hope that everyone will pray for ALL of the family members and especially for the children.

Christina
Christina

shut up!!! showed a little respect for the family!! you all are a piece of shit if you need to talk about anybodys life than about your own!!!     

Christina
Christina

shut up!!! showed a little respect for the family!!  you all are a piece of shit if you need to talk about anybodys life than about your own!!!

Darin Holland
Darin Holland

All you on the internet can say your opinion and talk your trash as much as you want.  At the end of the day this is a tragic story and this family has suffered a great loss.  I was SGT Rinaldi's Section sergeant when he left the Army.  He was top notch soldier who was an Army Ranger, and Sniper.  I Served with him in Sadr City Iraq in 2009.  We were sad to see such a good soldier leave the army.  Does a good soldier make him a good father or husband?  No.  But to understand what this man had been threw would mean to walk in his shoes which none of you have!  So grieve for this family, thank god for the safety of yours.  SGT Rinaldi will spend the rest of his life locked up, forever left with the haunting memories of what he has done.  But you all are no one to judge this man, that is the good lord's job so let him do the judging! And keep your ignorant opinions to your self!

jlo1965
jlo1965

These correctional officers are usually men that could not make it as police offices and many have a chip on their shoulder and are very violent. I've seen many that are worse than the criminals they are in charge of. My husband was in a bar fight were something tragic happened and he is now incarcerated. These guards do almost anything to upset the wives of prisoners to alienate the inmate from his family so we are not aware of what's going on.

Jamie
Jamie

I can't believe this happened.  I've know Amanda for over 10 years.  RIP.  So sad :(

Bnbk
Bnbk

These poor children will now be left without a mother & father.Truely a tragic situation.

Jason
Jason

Wow.

Truly a sick fuck this guy is. And he's a correctional officer? He ain't one no more!!

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

the story ruined lives?  Rinaldi ruined lives,  he's an asshole, always has been.

Bdcprz
Bdcprz

jausmc2006. Amen on your post. I adcprz posted above as well. I know exactly what you talk about. Always the CO's are the "bad guys" But heaven forbid the inmates are wrong. Petty bastards.

jon49417
jon49417

@Christina and your a mouthy skank so

malasangre
malasangre

quote from azcentral, "court papers show a long history of domestic abuse."  I doubt his family "respected" him.

Jason
Jason

I personally sympathize with those young children. My heart and prayers are with them at this moment.

So should you.

Jason
Jason

The jury in his trial will judge him, then the good Lord will get his say.

Jason
Jason

I thank him and you for your service in the Army.

malasangre
malasangre

.been there, done that 40+ yrs ago. screwed up some ?  Yeah.  Murdered my wife? NOPE and he was a guard?  too bad we won't see his work record.  was this the first time he "snapped" Darin?  If he is that whacky they can put him right next to Loughner

Getitopen
Getitopen

Hilarious ignorant people. I was a Police Officer NYPD and left to become a.Correctional Officer. Better pay and I don't have to be outside in the cold. Actually 10% of my Academy class were NYPD cops that left. So really, check your facts. Plus your married to skid, says alot .

Rduncan711
Rduncan711

Really you have it little twisted, yes some of us couldn't get in the police department, and most move on to become sherriffs or even police officers. Yes its sad, and sucks that unforginate things happen but its life and you live and learn. No one is perfect, it all comes down to passing a test, anywhere you go.

God
God

Well want-a-be J Lo I know your husband and he is a pussy stop blaming everyone else for his issues and act like a grown up. And you know your husband is a fag as I caught him suck another man's dick and take one in the ass. And tell people the truth your husband's real crimes Child Molestation and Rape of Minor.  

Punkrella
Punkrella

So Not True!!!Correctional Officers don't want to be Police Officer's,"Duh, that's why there Correctional Officer's!" and it's not hard to become a cop, many officer's come from highly educated backgrounds with degree's! There job is to protect the welfair of inmates,since they are now property of the state "Where a portion of our tax money goes to pay for there ignorance". Your loved one has rules and regulations to follow while they are incarcerated, if they fail to do so they get docked,as a wife of a Correctional Seargent I certainly understand that inmates get into there little clicks while incarcerated, and do things to mess up visitation  with there families, what he is not telling you is that ever incident is reviewed by a Sgt, Lt., Captain, or even the Ward to see if the punishment is justified for that inmate to get docked, and added on more time, believe me they want him to go home and be with there families, but for some it's a revolving door, and if you don't follow the rules, what do you expect. Do your research before you make ignorant comments, and check out the department website, and look up what your husband did in order to violate his visitations with his family, some states will have it listed, in Arizona, they do! "Personally I tell my husband that he is a glorified Adult Sitter, because the inmates like to think that it's a resort and cry about not having certain things, seriously what do you expect, it's not Burger King, you can't have it your way, it's prison, not club med, do your time and stop bitchen!"

Bdcprz
Bdcprz

Typical inmates family. Always pissed at the "guards" for doing their jobs. Your husband is a loser who Fucked up and now is doing time. These prison cops deal with idiots all day. Including your husband. So have respect for the people that are keeping you sociey leeching scum.

malasangre
malasangre

will you speak to the court papers saying he has a long history of domestic abuse? his friends from work say he is a great guy

malasangre
malasangre

who needs crazy boy for a dad?  why didnt he just shoot his own pitiful ass?

Oliver Trenton12
Oliver Trenton12

That's a very arrogant thing to say, military personnel have to be treated with counselling and someone just to listen to them. I should know, I volunteer my services as a listener and a neuroscientist.

Officer
Officer

That is an ignorant comment. You're basing an opinion off an internet blurb and a picture? Get educated before subjecting the rest of us to your thoughts.

jlo1965
jlo1965

LOL, See the mentality

JARJimenez07
JARJimenez07

Ignorant comment he shot my good friend while the kids were upstairs you fuckin assholes,he's a steroid junkie and abused pills he tried to use PTSD as an excuse for what he did, fuck everyone who wants to stick up for this sick fuck and have a great christmas I know we all won't

Jason
Jason

Um, have you forgotten that there were 2 small children, ages 7 and 2, in the home where this guy committed murder?

Your comment is ignorant. Those children are now completely parentless. One is dead and the other possibly executed by the State of Arizona or jailed for the rest of his life. My heart is with those kids right now. Apparently, you are a real life Grinch.   

Apparently, "Officer," you are a basket case. Go to the mental institution.  

teknik1200
teknik1200

well, he turned himself in and that reeks of guilt.

and yes, someone how loses their temper and shoots their wife is in fact a sick fuck with anger management issues.  not the kind of person we should have policing us or policing the jails.

jon49417
jon49417

@Bdcprz still waiting pig shit

malasangre
malasangre

  a lot of them are fags.  just like priests, coaches etc they go where they can take it if they want it.  30% are bought and paid for.  all the dope and phones get in their one way.CO's

Mary
Mary

I Like pussy and eating it you said you are phyiscally fit come sit on my face  and let me lick the cremy center.

Jesus
Jesus

Let me take you out sine your man locked up and batteries can only last for so long.

armywife
armywife

Oh my GOD, you're WAY off the radar on that one. He was an Army Ranger Sniper. There's not many cops that could make the cut to do what HE did. I won't defend what he did, but I can defend what he was.

jlo1965
jlo1965

LOL, Never collected welfare in my life. These people in public service. They just have mental health issues. I'm positive I make more money and live in a better zip code than you ! Also I'm very attractive and I've never seen an IN-shape correctional officer. These are the at ones that can't make it as a cop because they are too obese and can't pass the physiological eval

jlo1965
jlo1965

These men that love to say this must have gay Fantasies...that's the best you got fag! Do you dream at night of anal rape LOL !

malasangre
malasangre

when they start telling you he is taking it in the ass its a ploy to get next to you

malasangre
malasangre

i'm white goober and i don't follow anybody. thats my place.    do you have any skills other than abusing other people for the state?  no?  keep your nose in the trough then while i pay for it.  stick your authority and get a real job

Bdcprz
Bdcprz

You are such a contribution to society commiting your stupid crimes and then going to prison. Blaming everyone but yourself. Like, "I just caught a case" Dumb ass!Oh, because,  in prison you are someone. Not like in the free world like the rest of us. I've seen it all cheeto. Dudes like you who pose to be hard cons. Dude be a real man and grow up. Stop having society take care of you. Like free housing, food, $4.00 medical, drugs, $1.00 cable. Taking it up the ass, Shit you already know.

And yeah, after these cell warriors barricade and cry like little punks, then they cheese up. But, thats the prison mentality. Disrespect authority. It actually falls on some of the Mexican Prison gang rules. Hmm.... The 13 rules..Weird huh? You aint talking to no idiot.

Also get your sheets wrapped around your body, wrap a wet shirt around your face, wet the floor with shampoo, barricade with your mattress and have your piss and shit piss ready. Yeah, you are a pussy. Remember your place dude. A real Mexica warrior does not hide in the Aztect literature and become a fraud like yourself. Remember a real man protects his family, pride and himself. How can you or anyone do that from behind a cell door. Yeah I thought so..

malasangre
malasangre

my name is actually from a police murder/drug scandal.  weird huh?

malasangre
malasangre

like you would come in a cell alone.  go get your vest and spray, helmets, face guards, shields, cups, shin guards, and 6 buddies with tasers and call me a pussy..  uh-huh

Bdcprz
Bdcprz

Pretty much malasangre. And with a name like malasangre goes to show what you really are. Dude talk your shit. Seems like you where one of those "cell warriors" who uses this forum like you did behind the cell door. Yes I'll say it! The majority of the prison population are pussies like yourself.  Can't do anything but act tought and talk shit. "pig licker'? Yeah youll be licking these pig balls alright. Oh, maybe you and your friends can.

malasangre
malasangre

you callin everyone in jail a punk? keep writin pig licker

Bdcprz
Bdcprz

Jlo1965, you are very ignorant. While you are defending your loser husband, he is probably doing drugs in prison, getting prison tattoos and catching hepatitis at a minimum and even taking it in the ass by his cell mate. Stop defending your criminal. Obviously his defense couldn't. You are probably one of those people that hold a carndle light vigil for convicted child raping killers. Fuck off. Time to wake up. Shit try looking for a real man. Then again you are probably a fat stay st home mom with welfare supporting your ass now that your husband can't. But let's not forget that if the crime was committed to you the replies would be different.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

thanks you. Much like the other officer who got into an argument with his wife and fired a gun... What is wrong with these numbnuts? AND I will not give them a free pass cause they might have PTSD, either.

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