Wo­man blames shoot­ing stunt for man’s death

For a video, she fired a bul­let into a book he held against chest

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Hal­stad, Minn. — A Min­nesota wo­man charged with fa­tally shoot­ing her boyfriend in a failed YouTube video stunt fore­shad­owed the event when she tweeted that it would be “one of the most dan­ger­ous videos ever.”

Mon­al­isa Perez, of Hal­stad, was charged Wed­nes­day with sec­ond-de­gree man­slaugh­ter in the death of Pe­dro Ruiz III. Perez, who is preg­nant, was re­leased on $7,000 bail. The charge car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by the Nor­man County Sher­iff Jeremy Thorn­ton, the 19-year-old Perez told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Ruiz wanted to make a video of her shoot­ing a bul­let into a book he was hold­ing against his chest. She says she fired from about a foot away.

Hours be­fore the Tues­day night shoot­ing, Perez tweeted: “Me and Pe­dro are prob­a­bly go­ing to shoot one of the most dan­ger­ous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE.”

The com­plaint says Ruiz set up one cam­era on the back of a ve­hi­cle and an­other cam­era on a lad­der nearby.

Ruiz’s aunt, Lisa Primeau, told the Star-Tri­bune that her nephew was al­ways chas­ing a thrill and “putting a dan­ger­ous twist on ev­ery­thing he did.” Primeau said that in­cluded jumping into a swim­ming pool from the top of a house.

Many of the videos on Perez’s YouTube chan­nel are of her and Ruiz play­ing pranks and per­form­ing stunts. The most re­cent was posted the morn­ing be­fore the shoot­ing. It’s ti­tled “Do­ing Scary Stunts at the Fair, Part I” and shows the cou­ple at­tend­ing a fair last week.

“Imag­ine when we 300,000 sub­scribers,” says dur­ing the video.

Primeau said Ruiz liked guns and had “plenty” of them. Author­i­ties say Perez used a .50cal­iber Desert Ea­gle pis­tol in the stunt, which is de­scribed by re­tailer Ca­bela’s in an on­line ad as “one of the world’s most pow­er­ful semi­au­to­matic hand­guns.”

Perez died from a sin­gle gun­shot wound to the chest.

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