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TONOPAH, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office have arrested a man who told deputies he shot his wife following an argument Friday.

Deputies met with the man and woman around 12:30 p.m. at a Tonopah rest stop in the area of Roosevelt Street and Hassayampa Road, near Papago Freeway

According to MCSO, the woman's husband, later identified as Romeo Ruiz, initially called saying his wife was shot multiple times. Ruiz was driving his wife to the hospital but decided to stop at the TA travel center and wait for help. When the couple arrived at the rest stop, deputies were there waiting for them.

Before firefighters got there, deputies performed life-saving measures on the woman. The deputies found out that the woman had injuries to her hand, stomach, and chest. She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery. On Saturday, MCSO said the woman remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Detectives went to the hospital and spoke to the woman regarding the incident. The woman told investigators that she was in her room moving items around when she suddenly fell to the ground. While she was falling, she said she heard a bang and noticed she was bleeding from her hand and stomach. She said Ruiz helped her inside their vehicle and started to drive to the hospital while calling 911. 

After speaking to the woman, detective spoke with Ruiz who told investigators a different story. Ruiz told detectives he was arguing with his wife in a dark room and grabbed her rifle. According to MCSO, Ruiz then pointed the front of the rifle to his head and had his wife hold the end of it. Ruiz told deputies that he told his wife to "pull the trigger and end his life," but she refused to do it and handed the rifle back to Ruiz.

According to Ruiz, he placed the rifle down on the bed, but moments later he grabbed it again. Ruiz told MCSO that he and his wife began fighting over the rifle and when he went to pull the curtain off for daylight, the rifle went off. Ruiz said he saw that his wife was bleeding and rushed to take her to the hospital.

During questioning, Ruiz admitted to being a prohibited possessor and having two firearms at the home. Ruiz was arrested and booked on several charges, including aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.


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