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Neighbors, court documents suggest strained past between murder victim, suspect

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The man accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife was taken into custody Tuesday after an hours-long standoff with Fort Worth police in a home. 

Fort Worth Police say the suspect in the stabbing is John St. Angelo, who had multiple self-inflicted gunshot wounds at the end of the standoff and was taken away in an ambulance to an area hospital. He remained there Wednesday, and police say he is expected to be charged with murder, along with other charges. 

SWAT officers were called into a Fort Worth neighborhood Tuesday afternoon after the stabbing suspect reportedly barricaded himself inside a house on Permian Lane near Western Center Boulevard.

The standoff lasted nearly six hours before ending just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Officers fired tear gas inside the home just before 2 p.m. to try to force St. Angelo out, and they say he fired bullets at them.

Suzanne Parsons was found dead Monday inside the RE/MAX Heritage office in the 4200 block of Heritage Trace Parkway. The 49-year-old was a real estate agent for the company.

St. Angelo's Facebook page has pictures of Parsons on it, along with an angry rant about her posted on Sunday. In the rant, there is a posted photo of Parsons with a caption reading "Wicked witch/ mrs scrooge." Someone commented on the photo saying they didn't know who the photo was of, and St. Angelo responded by writing, "To answer , that is the biggest most expensive mistake of my life.......the day we married equaled having terminal cancer that was a slow death to me and my finances.....once the money ran out, so did she....the only thing that never stopped was that smarta** mouth, it was."

In a two-and-a-half page typed addendum attached to a protective order against St. Angelo filed in May 2013, Parsons alleged that St. Angelo became angry and violent during a family trip to Mexico. Parsons said that during the trip, St. Angelo punched her in the face, choked her, verbally abused her, and hid her passport, money and driver's license.  

The incident apparently became so loud, Mexican police were called and the pair was in custody at least briefly. Parsons filed the protection order when she returned from Mexico, which the judge granted to her.

In the addendum, Parsons also said that she was going to file for divorce, writing, "I am not trying to make anyone's life difficult. I just want a divorce and protection while we are seperating these items, he will start fighting over things he bought. He breaks things, screams and has threatened me before about this. I have left him in the past and should have never went back. Another lesson learned. He gets very possessive about his things, I am seeking protection from him."

Rick Rawe lives in the cul-de-sac where the couple once shared a home, and says police were often responding there. Rawe says he even had to call police himself once to deal with St. Angelo's loud, ranting and vulgar language, and that Parsons was trying to move on from St. Angelo.

"I talked with her, just asked her how she's doing," said Rawe. "She said, ‘Fine, I got a restraining order against him and hopefully when he gets out of here everything will calm down,' which it did. But he'd show back up at times. Last time I saw his truck and trailer here is when we had the deep freeze here a couple weeks ago."

As for how St. Angelo ended up in the home where the standoff happened, the woman who lives there said that she is a victim as well, but didn't want to talk beyond that.

One of her neighbors, however, said that St. Angelo, a contractor, had done some work at that home, and that's believed to be the connection.

Parsons' coworkers showed up at the standoff scene Tuesday, wanting people to know what a wonderful person she was.

"Suzanne would give you the shirt off her back," said her coworker Eric Lanay. "And she would…it didn't matter what you were doing and when you were doing it; she would always find the time."

According to court records, Parsons and St. Angelo were married in 2010.

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