Woman Shot By Ex-Husband In Star Valley

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Manuel M. Diaz, 53, of Payson is sitting in the Globe jail on a $1 million bond for attempting to kill his former wife.

Diaz' ex-wife, Francisca Alatriz, 46, of Star Valley, was in her car at 7:30 a.m., April 12, at the intersection of Moonlight Drive and Highway 260, when she was shot in the chest.

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Manuel Diaz

Alatriz was hit twice, according to Det. Brian Havey of the Gila County Sheriff's Office. One bullet caused two wounds, entering and exiting her body, but resulted in only a superficial injury, he said. The second bullet is being left in Alatriz's body because to remove it would cause nerve damage, the detective said.

"Diaz fired six rounds at her," he said. Accounting for the other rounds, Havey said, three hit the driver's side door, one hit the opposite side door.

"We've had an ongoing problem with violations of the court order of protection. He has been arrested before for violating (it) and this time it boiled over big time," Havey said. Diaz has been arrested twice before for violating the order of protection, the detective said.

"This is the first documented shooting that we know was related to domestic violence in this area," said Gina Elliott, program director of the Time Out Domestic Violence Shelter.

Alatriz was able to drive herself to the Circle K in Star Valley where she managed to get the attention of a man she described as a cowboy in his truck, Havey said.

Havey did not yet know the identity of the man, but he was the one who called 911 on his cell phone.

Diamond Star Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and treated the woman. She was later flown to Scottsdale Healthcare. Havey said Alatriz was released from the hospital the following day.

She was able to identify Diaz as her assailant and told officers she had an order of protection on him since their divorce. The couple was divorced more than two years ago, Havey said.

With the aid of an interpreter, Diaz was questioned and arrested for attempted first-degree homicide. The case will go before the Gila County grand jury April 16, Havey said.

"Women do not believe they will be killed. An order of protection is just a piece of paper, it's not a shield. They should never assume their abuser is going to obey it," Elliott said.

The options when a order of protection does not work is to leave the area or come into the domestic violence shelter, Elliott said.

"There are a lot of reasons women can't get away," Elliott said, but if they feel they are in danger, they can call Time Out at 472-8007.

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