Muleshoe Police captured 49-year-old Daniel Cardon Monday evening for the murder of 38-year-old Lucila Perez.
He was found in a field east of Muleshoe walking around. Cardon is in the Bailey County Jail and is being charged with capital murder.
Lt. Benny Parker says authorities responded to a shooting around 12:30 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of W. 3rd Street in Muleshoe. They found Perez shot and killed.
Family members say Perez had a restraining order against Cardon and their divorce was supposed to be filed Monday.
Perez's sister-in-law, Lana Perez, tells KCBD she watched as Cardon came face to face with Perez.
"She told Daniel it doesn't have to be this way, it doesn't have to be this way. She had raised her hands and I just got to the doorway when I saw he had raised the gun up. He said this is it and he shot," Lana Perez said.
Lana ran into the closet as her husband went for help. She had no idea if anyone else was hurt, fortunately no one was.
"I called for Lucila and of course there was no answer. I thought everybody in the house was probably dead. I know I heard two shots," she said.
Soon after, police showed up and Lana carried each child out of the house.
"I carried them out in my chest so they didn't see anything. Except for my 11-year-old she was too big to carry. And she saw her aunt on the floor with blood coming out of her head and knowing we couldn't do anything. There was nothing else we could do," she said.
What she can though is keep a promise. Lana was asked to raise Perez's three children, which she says she plans to do.
This is not the first time gun violence has visited the family. In 2010, Perez's father - Valdo Perez, 67 - turned himself in to Muleshoe police after two altercations with Daniel Cardon. According to police, Valdo Perez shot Cardon with a handgun and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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