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Victim Killed in Indio had Restraining Order

Jessica Flores

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Victim Killed in Indio had Restraining Order

CREATED Jun. 27, 2012

INDIO-  The woman who was killed in Indio on Monday filled a restraining order against the man police say shot and killed her Monday afternoon.

Ana Maria Gonzalez and Karl Watson were not married, but court papers reveal a complicated relationship between the two with a history of domestic violence.

"He was obssessed with her, he was losing control, the most dangerous time for a woman is when she is exiting a relatationship," said Lynn Moriarty,  Executive Director for Shelter from the Storm, a domestic abuse non-profit. 

A judge granted Gonzalez a restraining order against Watson in Feburary because of reported
domestic violence, to protect gonzalez and two family members. The restraining order also barred Watson from possessing a gun and obtaining Gonzalez' address.

"Women are dying everyday in the country because some of those pieces of papers don't work," said Moriarty.


Police say Karl Watson shot and killed Gonzalez as she pulled up to her parking space at Las Brisas apartments in Indio. When a police officer arrived on scene investigators say Watson attacked and shot at the officer. Another officer shot Watson dead.

Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.

To contact Shelter from the Storm Hotline for Domestic Violence: 760-328-SAFE.

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