BRIDGEPORT — The video appeared to be a stark indictment.

Griselle Pizarro could seen chasing her former boyfriend around his pickup truck in the parking lot of the Jehovah’s Witness temple, carrying a .40-caliber handgun. A witness testified that Pizarro shot Jacob Lopez as he cowered against the truck and she yelled, “How you like that (expletive)! How’s that (expletive) feel?”

But after three days of deliberation, a state Superior Court jury on Friday found the 36-year-old Pizarro not guilty of criminal charges.

“My client suffered years of abuse at the hands of Jacob Lopez,” Pizarro’s lawyer, Christian Young, said later. “She was acting in self-defense, she was repelling a vicious attack that had been preceded by years of domestic abuse.”

Pizarro, who had been jailed since August, burst into tears as the jury announced the verdict of not guilty of murder and lesser manslaughter charges.

Police said Pizarro, the mother of three children, shot the 33-year-old Lopez once in the chest in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 2014, after the two argued in his truck in the parking lot of the Jehovah’s Witness temple on Huntington Turnpike.

Police said when they and medics got to the scene, they found Lopez lying face down next to the truck, a pool of blood spreading from a wound in his chest. A small, heart-shaped pendant was found on the ground near some bullet casings.

In the ambulance, police said, Lopez kept removing his air mask trying to speak. They said he kept repeating the name “Griselle,” and when asked if she had shot him, he nodded yes. He later died at Bridgeport Hospital.

Detectives later went to Pizarro’s home. Police said she turned over a .40-caliber handgun she owned and had a license for. Under questioning, police said, Pizarro admitted she and Lopez had an unstable relationship. In the past, she said, she had attempted to shoot him to death but had been unsuccessful.

Lopez had previously been convicted of domestic violence against Pizarro and she had obtained several restraining and protective orders against him, Young said. However, he said, he was not allowed to tell the jury about Lopez’s prior conviction.

Young and his client said Lopez began physically abusing her as they sat in his truck in the temple lot, banging her head against the window and threatening her with a knife. They said he fled the truck when she pulled the gun out of her purse.

Young also presented the testimony of an expert who said Pizarro matched the profile of a battered woman.

“The jury was incredibly conscientious and we appreciate all their hard work in this case,” Young said.