By: Sharon Aron Baron
The Coral Springs Police Department responded to a double shooting on Friday evening where an estranged husband shot his wife and father-in-law.
At approximately 8:20 p.m. a call was received by Coral Springs dispatch from female reporting a disturbance at her residence at the Barrington Club apartment complex. While police were responding to the residence, several calls were received reporting multiple shots fired.
As police arrived on scene, a male was observed exiting the residence and then quickly reentering the residence. A short time later, a female, identified as Katherine Maffei, 40, exited the residence suffering from a gunshot wounds. Katherine Maffei fell to the ground just outside the residence. While police were trying to assist Katherine, a male then exited the residence, later identified as Robert Ranta, 67, also suffering from a gunshot wounds. Ranta who was carrying a small male child, 4 years of age, fell next to Katherine Maffei. Police officers were able to move all three individuals to safety. As police surrounded the residence, a male exited, identified as Thomas Maffei, 45, of Parkland who immediately surrendered to police.
Katherine and Thomas Maffei are currently separated, going through a divorce. Robert Ranta is Katherine’s father and the child involved is Katherine and Thomas’ son.
Katherine and Robert were transported to Broward Health North in serious condition.
Thomas Maffei was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed burglary, two counts of false imprisonment and child abuse. Thomas was transported to Broward County Main Jail.