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Shooting at Pueblo Dollar General a case of deadly domestic violence, police say

Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 6:05 AM MST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 7:04 AM MST
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - Police say domestic violence was at the center of a deadly shooting at a Pueblo dollar store late last week.

Renee Francisca Dominguez, 38, died at the 4th Street Dollar General Jan. 14 after she was reportedly chased by her partner from the parking lot into the store. The gunman was shooting as he ran after her.

“It was a brutal homicide,” said Pueblo Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Frank Ortega, adding that it appeared she was caught completely by surprise.

Hours later, the shooter took his own life in El Paso County.

Ortega told 11 News reporter Jack Heeke that there was a long history of domestic violence in the relationship.

“There was a lengthy criminal history involving domestic violence, restraining orders, and incidents of criminal activity involving them, yes.”

The tragic events of Jan. 14 are just one example among many such cases in the city, Ortega said.

“Unfortunately we handle domestic violence cases too often. It’s too common, and it’s a bad situation for the community and the people who are involved in relationships.”

Local non-profit TESSA, which offers support for domestic violence survivors, says relationship violence ending in death is not a rare outcome. CDC data bears that out; as recently as 2017, homicide was one of the top five causes of death among women 44 and younger.

“Incidents where domestic violence ends in death is obviously the worst-case scenario,” said TESSA CEO Anne Markley. “That does happen less frequently, but that’s not to say it doesn’t happen. We certainly see levels of violence that escalate very high without ending in death.”

The exact nature of the couple’s relationship is unclear; Ortega would only describe it as “intimate.” He did not believe the pair had any children.

Meanwhile, a memorial continues to grow for Dominguez outside the Dollar General.

Ortega says there are many resources for people in abusive relationships.

“One of the first one that comes to mind is ACOVA. That’s a victim rights organization that’s run out of the sheriff’s department. That’s one of the first because they have advocates that can assist victims with appropriate resources. One of the issues with domestic violence is there’s a lot of additional problems besides the domestic violence. ‘Where do I live? What do I eat? Where do I stay?’ Stuff like that. So one of the better resources we have in the community is ACOVA.”

TESSA has a confidential safe line available 24/7: 719-633-3819.

Click here for information on danger signs that a person is at risk of being killed by their partner, as well as more ways to help victims of domestic violence.

Detectives continue to investigate the case and ask that anyone with information contact Detective Torres at 719-320-6037 or Pueblo police dispatch at 719-553-2502. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP.

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