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Port Richey woman shot ex-boyfriend, deputies say

PORT RICHEY — Wednesday evening was not the first time Cheryl Vance and her ex-boyfriend, Luis Nieuwkerk, had fought. The two have a history of violent arguments dating back more than three years, at least one involving a knife.

But this was the first time someone got shot.

Nieuwkerk was shot twice about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, leaving .38-caliber bullet wounds in his abdomen and arm. Nieuwkerk, 25, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said.

Despite identifying Vance, 36, as the shooter, deputies have not arrested anyone in the case.

"It's still under investigation," Doll said Thursday.

The shooting happened after Nieuwkerk showed up at Vance's door at 8727 Goshen Lane. The two have shared the Embassy Hills home off and on in the past, but only Vance and a new roommate live there now, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Sheriff's deputies have investigated fights between Nieuwkerk and Vance before. Nieuwkerk has been arrested twice on domestic battery charges, while Vance has been arrested once.

And in the four turbulent years since they met, Vance has filed three domestic violence injunctions against Nieuwkerk, court files show. The latest injunction was filed Thursday, with the others coming in March 2009 and December 2007.

The last time sheriff's deputies were called to 8727 Goshen Lane, in March 2009, Nieuwkerk — who also goes by "Boogie Martinez" — was upset about $40 he said Vance owed him. When she ripped up two $20 bills in front of him, a sheriff's report said, he found a large knife and cut up her leather jacket.

Vance tried to restrain him, according to the report, but he threatened her with the knife. He accidentally cut himself before being arrested. Prosecutors later dropped the aggravated battery charge; Nieuwkerk pleaded no contest to criminal mischief and got six months of probation.

Two years earlier, in February 2007, Vance had called 911 after the couple argued over her recent miscarriage. She told deputies Nieuwkerk had punched her and pushed her to the ground several times. He was charged with domestic battery, but the charge was later dropped.

In September 2007, Vance called 911 again to report that Nieuwkerk was attacking her — only to be arrested herself and charged with aggravated assault. That charge, too, was eventually dropped.

In the domestic violence injunction she filed that December, Vance wrote that while driving on U.S. 19 near the Pasco-Pinellas county line, Nieuwkerk had hit her repeatedly in the face, leaving bruises. He called her, she said, his "slave dog."

But although she was granted a temporary injunction, she never showed up at a hearing to extend it, and the injunction was dismissed.

By the next year, the two were a couple again.

Times staff writer Erin Sullivan contributed to this report. Vivian Yee can be reached at vyee@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6236.

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