Former DOC Officer Anthony Rinaldi Says He "Snapped" Before Shooting Wife. Then "Military Training Kicked in"

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"She is definitely dead -- I put two to the chest and one to the head."

That's what Anthony Rinaldi -- now a former Department of Corrections officer -- told a Department of Public Safety officer last night, less than 30 minutes after fatally shooting his wife, 28-year-old Amanda Rinaldi, at the Phoenix home the couple shared.

Rinaldi, 26, also told detectives he "snapped" as the two were arguing and that his "military training kicked in" before gunning down his wife.

According to court records obtained by New Times, Rinaldi has a long history of domestic violence. He also has a history of threatening suicide, and police suspect he may be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder caused by his time in the military.

About 6:20 p.m. yesterday, Rinaldi's 7-year-old step-son called 9-1-1 to report that his mother and step-father were arguing about money. The boy told the dispatcher he heard a "boom, boom, boom" come from the garage."

About five minutes later, Rinaldi also called 9-1-1 to report that he shot his wife three times. He told the dispatcher he was no longer at the couple's home and that he planned to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head. Then he hung up.

The 9-1-1 dispatcher called Rinaldi back, at which point he told her he was pulling up behind a DPS officer on the side of the I-10.

After pulling over behind the DPS officer, Rinaldi got out of his car, put his right hand over his head as he used his left hand to hold a cell phone to his ear, and told the officer "you're gonna want to put me in handcuffs, sir."

When DPS Officer Robert Hicks asked Rinaldi why he'd want to put him in handcuffs, Rinaldi told him to "talk to the guy on the phone -- I just shot my wife."

Rinaldi didn't say why he'd shot his wife, but told Hicks that he "flipped," and that she "was definitely dead."

Hicks took Rinaldi into custody. While searching Rinaldi's vehicle, the officer found a loaded handgun on the passenger seat.

Rinaldi's being held on $360,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 21.

DOC officials say Rinaldi's been "dismissed" from the department.

"The Arizona Department of Corrections is saddened by the tragic news that a wife of an ADC employee was shot and killed last night," DOC Director Charles Ryan says in a statement the department provided to New Times. "Officer Anthony Rinaldi has been dismissed from the Department, and the Phoenix Police Department is investigating his involvement in the shooting."

The 7-year-old and another of child, a 2-year-old, are being placed in the custody of relatives.


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lukekimm
lukekimm

im not going to take this time to personally target anyone typing here, because it wont change anything. yall keep being who you are,typing your shit either way. Please let me reassure you that PTSD is a real thing, and the ones who think it isn't haven't personally seen it destroy numbers of your friends and dealt with it yourself. I served with Rinaldi in Ramadi, Iraq, and let me definitively say, we took more than we lost. Now ,Rinaldi went on to fight more battles, and after one you'll be fighting with yourself. You find happiness in little places, but the ghosts will always haunt you. So, to you out there who think PTSD isn't real is probably because every time you fired your weapon your head was ducked behind the humvee. But there is  a breed of us out there that looked at what we shot, and though we followed orders, maybe even saved a buddies life or our own. In the end we still have to live with ourselves, and what we did, and what we saw. To those of you out there who wanna type the first thing that comes to mind, please understand everyone has a history. Rinaldi's is one of bravery and valor, and i cant stand by and let you say these things about him before you dive back into a video game in your parents basement. 

Mark Kupiec
Mark Kupiec

I've been constantly checking for updates from the family, or anyone that is aware of his current situation. I also, like many here, served with Rinaldi. Personally I do not have a single bad thing to say about him. He was always a loyal and all around great guy. About his actions, I am saddened. But those actions do not take away everything about who he is. Many of us 1-6 guys have told any one reading these comments about who he actually was. Some of you have taken the good from it, and some of you small minded fools have done nothing but throw more fire his way. Josh Constatine, who I also served with, said it the best. You people do not know what skeletons you are inviting in. I Believe that if you have an intelligent comment, or a real world character witness comment, please do post. If you have a view of the wrong he has done through this act, post. But do not come on here proclaiming that he is the worst person alive. Do not talk your smack and hide behind a screen name. Grow up and show some respect. If not for him, for his family, his friends, and all of us fellow soldiers who know him personally. 

Mddg36
Mddg36

can't beleive all the lame douchebags throwin out lame threats at one another.I served with Rinaldi in Sadr City for fourteen months with 1-6 INF. He was a top notch soldiers and a hell of a sniper. A friend to all he served with. Unerring in his sense of duty to Unit and Country. None of which excuse his actions. I pray for the children and families of both Anthony and Amanda whom beleive it or not he loved very much. SSG Lang

Bigsergio
Bigsergio

I know Anthony personally,and before he went to Iraq he was nothing like that.. He was a good good young man.. After he came back from that war he wasent the same.. Blam this piece of shit government who made all of are friends family, go over there and fight for there pure profit.. And now were going to have a mother wave of messed up vets coming back...but in any case no one deserves to die like that... But he diffently came back different...

Haley James
Haley James

Doc should have better training for officers, not just bootcamp. This is what leads to the abuse of inmates. But when its an inmate nobody cares. Officer renaldi was highstrung and always out to get somebody for any type of ticket. 

Glyph
Glyph

Funny, from what I remember of my time in the military, shooting unarmed women was not part of my "training."

Lucianvas333
Lucianvas333

I know Sgt.Rinaldi first hand. He was one of my men on "HAVOC", a sniper team. It's a tragic story here that seems to be a rerun across the nation. Rinaldi was an awesome soldier who always had your back and wanted to learn. He was a respectful kid and had a lot of drive. At the time how worked for me he earned a V for valor. I lost touch with him a few years back. My prayers go out to Mrs Rinaldi and family. I can't believe this shit is still going on. "V"

malasangre
malasangre

when cop goes to the joint is it a pig-pen? nah dont worry they will keep you with the other snitches

Savea... MuthaFuckah!!!
Savea... MuthaFuckah!!!

Condolences to the family of Amanda

Wtf Rinaldi? What a fucking douche... Btw, I can say that, I knew him... Hope he suffers in jail, and just cause he was in the military and deployed doesn't mean that he should have done that... I've deployed 4 times doing a total of 53 months under fucking fire, but I would never make the excuse of PTSD if I hurt anyone...

Fluptown99
Fluptown99

yeah he says PTSD but what about the steroids, oxy and other drugs this dude was taking. What a looser. He left two little boys without a mother on Christmas. It should be 1st Degree and Life!

pretentious
pretentious

wow look at all the comments form the family and friends of this creep. should we give him brownie points for killing his wife? i mean danm he killed his wife so of course society is going to look at him like the rest of the criminals that are sitting there along with him in a cell.

juicybootay
juicybootay

He really let his military bearings get the best of him.bye bye sucka.

juicybootay
juicybootay

HOW DID HE BECOME A CORRECTIONS OFFICER WITH A HISTORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?....this is just sad and some of the post on here are awful. people need to put their selves in check or they might end up in a  cell like this guy, where is self control?

Greyeyes
Greyeyes

Some of y'all stupid or maybe just don't understand how serious PTSD is..

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Yep, they need to hire more of these ex-military guys for the DOC and all of the police departments.   But I don't see how they could hire any more since they're already all ex-military brain washed mercenaries looking for someone to shoot or beat up.    So, where's the big news here?   This is what you have to expect when you hire trained killers.   They kill.

Donna Ann
Donna Ann

So sad.  Their 7 year old & my son attended Kindergarten in Florida together 2 years ago.  I am in shock.  I hope the children will be well cared for.  He was bad news then, when we urged her to leave him.  Very disheartening.

pamelab50
pamelab50

@lukekimm You must be a real a hole to justify murder! Did you really know Rinaldi? Because I did and he was a pussy chicken shit all his life . Momma was in jail when he enlisted . Daddy was a addict and living God knows where and bro and sis where in foster homes since they were all taken away at a young age and he was raised in the system.Did you know his first ddomestic violence incidence was at the age of 12? Did you know he beat his broyher senseless frequently? What you know I could wipe my ass with you f ing idiot. Poor vet with an excuse. well I know plenty of vets who are real men and don't hide behind PTSD to cover their rage problems . esp.when they abuse steroids and smuggle them back from Germany in a hollowes out microwave. What were you in on all that shit with him. Were you there when the boys captured a POW and ya all said " You know what you got to do with this one and were you one of the good ole boys who stood there and watched him beat the POW to death with his fist. Sounds like you prob. were part of that HUH !!!!

pamelab50
pamelab50

@Mddg36 e sure was a hell of a sniper wasn't he . Close range, in the garage of their home while she was trying to get out. She had her keys in her hand and purse on her shoulder and he shot her more than his 3 times and did you know he put a bullet in the back of her head after she was down just to be sure! Yes her beautiful children and us her family will suffer her death as long as we all shall live . May he never have one day of peace and any one of you idiots who can say you knew him are all full of shit because he was a chicken shit wortless piece of crap whom his own mother disowned

pamelab50
pamelab50

@Bigsergio No one made him go over there, first off. He wanted to go because he needed 3 hots and a cot and was going no where when he got out of the boys home . He was an angry man with a penchant for violence and if you really knew him you would know his first domestic violence incidence was at the age of 12. So really !!! Did you know about his history of violence ?? I doubt it so best to stay silent about who you think you knew, because we all know otherwise !

malasangre
malasangre

when you say this gov't.  please specify the Bush gov't.   Did his long history of domestic abuse start after or before Iraq?   That would be a very helpful detail in the article.

pamelab50
pamelab50

@Haley James Thats a fact. High strung and raging  . He was and is a dangerous , violent person and a murderer

pamelab50
pamelab50

@Lucianvas333 In case you didn't get the story correct, there is no Mrs Rinaldi as he shot her to death! He never has been a man but a real chicken s  piece of crap from the day I met him . and domestic violence at the age of 12 yrs old isn't something that is from a man of valor. He was a messed up person from little on. The military gave him a sense of self worth , one he never had growing up. Mom was in jail when he enlisted and dad's drug habits kept him away for years. He was a mess from way before the military. If anything that gave him a sense of purpose. It's too bad he came out because he could keep killing people in the name of valor huh!

pamelab50
pamelab50

@Savea... MuthaFuckah!!! Thank You. !!!! Your an upright and honest man and the only one who really doesn't hide behind PTSD, or the military as an excuse for their actions

pamelab50
pamelab50

@Fluptown99 Sounds like you might have known him because you called it. Who are you please respond and let me know!

Savea808
Savea808

Yeah, that's right... I remember when he couldn't even complete a 12 mile foot march in three hours, you know, the standard time to complete it as an infantryman... Fucking douche

pamelab50
pamelab50

@juicybootay He lied on his application and obviously they didn't check him out too well. He wanted to work for boarder patrol so he could keep on killing innocent people but I'm afraid he may have been terned down! Adding to his anger and rage

Marcy
Marcy

Being a low life wife beater is almost a requirement for becoming a prison guard.

malasangre
malasangre

they like em like that. if you'll beat a woman you'll beat a shackled, unconscious. electrocuted prisoner.

malasangre
malasangre

40+ yrs since Nam and I haven't killed one woman yet.  How did I do it? I'm better than I thought. Thank me NOW

pamelab50
pamelab50

@Donna Ann So you too knew he was bad news. I wish all these so called military buddies who think they knew him would own up

Sarah Pollard70
Sarah Pollard70

Can I ask when will the military decide to help? a few more heart breaking incidents such as this? when do you start fighting to get more help.? I watched my brother go through ptsd, luckily I am in psychology and knew the way to talk to him after an episode that nearly caused death. I wish people would stand up and get them what they need watching what happened the night my brother lost it was scary. It needs to be stopped, ptsd needs to be handled.

slowdowntoastop
slowdowntoastop

Hey pamelab50, it's quite clear that this was your daughter that was killed by rinaldi. There are no words I can offer you that will take away your pain, and no reason I can give you that explains what makes someone do these things. If your point is to hold rinaldi accountable then so be it, but your blatant lashing out at the people who served with rinaldi in the army is not going to bring your daughter back. For many the army was/is a second chance. And for many they are expressing their disbelief that such a senseless tragedy could occur, and to let other veterans who may be suffering from PTSD to get help before things like this happen.

You are only inviting people to argue, when you should be concerned with caring for those children.

lukekimm
lukekimm

u know i wouldnt even keep foolin with you here, but u obviously need the word fight yr looking for. your right about a couple things...rinaldi did have a hard life and he did get his blood in iraq , not  POW's,  terrorist.  spent years fighting, so you and yours can enjoy your fucking starbucks. I feel sorry for you, talking shit about a man when you know he is in no position to defend himself. the sad thing is, you actually feel good about it. I am not saying rinaldi is innocent, even he will tell you that. I am saying quit adding bad words on a bad problem. Nobodys a winner here. I feel terrible for him, her, the kids, and everyone involved. but if you think that i'll sit by and not say anything when you start acting like a cunt, your wrong.You say you know plenty of vets who dont have PTSD, and I am glad. wouldnt wish it on anybody. but if you dont think its real, your dead wrong. We all end up being alot of things to alot of different people. I was just telling everyone, how I know him. 

Guy0103
Guy0103

I served was with Rinaldi in Baumholder and Ramadi with 1/6 Inf. I am not going to say that he was a great guy, he had his moments of being an asshole. I think he needs to suffer the consequences for his horrible actions. However, there have been many a comment on here  about 'Cocksuckers' wanting to legally 'Off someone' from people who have no idea about what it is to be in the military. From people that shoot water instead of bullets. All I am saying is that nowhere in the article did Rinaldi ever mention or say 'It was the PTSD that made me shoot her" that was the police.

malasangre
malasangre

before discharge all soldiers are given/have the oppurtunity to speak to any problems they have,  they are interviewed by shrinks.  before my son discharged he was signed up to get his VA physicals. slow as mud yea? dont say it isn't there.  you can't make patients talk, this killer was convinced (probably by the military) violence settles a dispute, and it certainly does on the battlefield.Does DOC have shrink tests in Az.?  you need one to get in the military, not out.

pamelab50
pamelab50

@Savea... MuthaFuckah!!! Pure and utter rage an anger at her wanting away from the violence!

pamelab50
pamelab50

@malasangre He was recently proven competant to stand trial although he tried very hard to play crazy and refused to cooperate at one point with the psyciatrist. Funny how he is trying to save his own ass. The children lost the only Mother they had and I lost my beautiful , sweet and loving daughter and my son his twin sister and you tell me. I knew him and he is a very dangerous animal that should never see the light of day ever again or another beautiful person could and will lose a life

pamelab50
pamelab50

@Guy0103 No, your wrong. He is saying PTSD load and clear he even tried to say he was just plain crazy. He is using anything he can to save his own skin. Amanda didn't have a chance!

Savea... MuthaFuckah!!!
Savea... MuthaFuckah!!!

Good job putting our prestigious unit on blast there man... And no he didn't say it was PTSD, he implied it... I was also in Rimadi, and Baghdad and Sadr City and anywhere else you may have heard the Regulars might have been, but when something went down, I never blamed me going to combat for an excuse of my actions, I own them... And for him to just take a womans life, and leave her children motherless, now that's just him not giving a fuck about the rest of his military training, i.e. self restraint. We learn that too, remember, PID before you shoot... So what was his PID and confirming factor upon pulling the trigger on his own wife? Exactly....

malasangre
malasangre

he is the one who said it was his military training that made him do it.

malasangre
malasangre

no he "snapped" and" flipped".  the doctor will make a final diagnosis but the basis for defense is set. temporary insanity, hard to prove in AZ. unless every LEO in the state is hoping it works.

pamelab50
pamelab50

@malasangre Yes, they do and obviously he passed all the psych evals. He knew how to play the game and only wanted the benefits he could get from serving in the military. He used the military like he is trying to use the system to get off from murder

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