A 34-year-old Phoenix-area man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of an Apache Junction woman, Apache Junction Police Department said.
Ulises A. Cruz Peraza was apprehended in the Los Angeles suburb of Pico Rivera May 4 in connection with the slaying of Maria Guadalupe Godinez Ramirez, who was found May 1 critically wounded by multiple gunshots in a vehicle in Apache Junction.
Peraza was taken into custody without incident by U.S. Marshals Service officers who had been assisting Apache Junction detectives in their investigation, police said.
That initial investigation has found that Ramirez and Peraza had been in a relationship but that Ramirez began to fear for her life and acquired an order of protection from Peraza in December 2021.
About 4 p.m. May 1, Apache Junction police received a 911 call from Ramirez saying she had been shot. Officers found Ramirez in her vehicle in an area along Old West Highway, near Colt Road, east of Idaho Road.
Officers attempted life-saving measures on the victim, who was then taken to the hospital. Ramirez later died of her injuries, police said.
With limited information, detectives tracked Peraza with help from the U.S. Marshals Service, who found him and his vehicle, which was described as leaving the scene of the shooting, police said.
The investigation into the details of the shooting continues and any witnesses or those with information about the case are asked to call Apache Junction police at 480-982-8260.
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