Wife held in death of Afghan war vet found shot 

Police have arrested the wife of an Afghan war veteran on suspicion of his murder, saying her story about her husband being shot during a carjacking last month didn't add up.

Shajia Ayobi, 45, was booked into Sacramento County Jail late Thursday following another interview with investigators, The Sacramento Bee reported (http://bit.ly/xHRyXs ).

Police were unsure whether the carjacking story was a complete fabrication or whether other suspects were also involved, Sgt. Andrew Pettit said. Detectives had doubts about her version of events and had long sought to re-interview her after the Dec. 18 shooting.

"Based on her interview and inconsistent statements, things just didn't match up," said Pettit. "In these types of investigations, our detectives are very keen on details. Some of those details were not lining up with the evidence we found."

Ghulam Ayobi was found in the couple's minivan along Interstate 80 with a gunshot wound to the upper body. The former Afghan soldier, who also advised U.S. troops, later died at the hospital.

The couple's nephew, Munir Safi, who earlier recounted the suspect's carjacking story to the Bee, said in a statement that his family is upset over the arrest.

"Our family is incredibly distraught by this awful turn of events," Safi said. "We are withholding judgment until all facts are known and the police complete their investigation."

Police said they initially believed the attack was random, since they could find no other motive.

The suspect told relatives and police that the assailants wanted money and that she never got a good look at them because she was following their directions to drive, Safi previously told the newspaper. His uncle was shot when a fight broke out as the van drove east on I-80, Safi said.

Shajia Ayobia is being held without bail.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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