Husband flees after allegedly shooting, killing wife


by Shawn Thompson

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 6:20 PM

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PHOENIX – Phoenix Police are searching for a man who allegedly shot and killed his wife during an argument on Sunday.

Monday, her family talked about the warning signs they saw that indicated that the marriage was troubled.

"She would always have bruises," says Brenda Diaz, the victim's cousin. "I never saw him. He would distance himself from the family."

According to Sgt. Steve Martos, the incident happened Sunday evening in a neighborhood near 75th Avenue and Indian School Road. A Hispanic male and his wife were arguing and he allegedly shot her.

The 21-year-old woman, Sandra Perez, was transported to a local hospital in extremely critical condition and later died.

Her 23-year-old husband, Ismael Perez-Barraza, fled in a green Nissan Titan truck with Arizona license plate 520-WCT.

Phoenix Police are attempting to locate him. Police said he may be headed south for the Arizona-Mexico border.

Police said the couple had been married for a year and half. They have a 2-month-old child together who not harmed during the incident. It's unclear why the couple was arguing.

But family members say they saw warning signs. "We did see something in him. We did warn her. We did tell her," says Zulema Varela, the victim's cousin. "But I guess she was so in love and she just didn't care."

Anyone with information about the suspect or shooting is asked to call 911 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.