WESLEY CHAPEL — A 36-year-old mother shot and killed in her apartment Friday had sought court protection against domestic violence in 2018 from the man suspected in her slaying.
A judge denied the petition at the time, saying in handwritten notes, "No dates, no facts alleging acts or threats of violence."
Karisa Vazquez was killed in apartment No. 8 of Pasco Woods Apartments, 6122 Ryerson Circle, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Deputies say she was killed by Brian Roosevelt Wilson, 34, of Windermere, father of her 13-year-old daughter. The girl was at the apartment during the shooting but wasn't injured.
Vazquez had filed a petition seeking protection Sept. 17 and it was denied the same day, according to court records. The order was signed by Pasco County Judge Debra Roberts.
Deputies obtained a second-degree homicide warrant for Wilson in connection with Vazquez's death.
But Wilson died by suicide the next day in Sebring after deputies confronted him.
Wilson went to the Orlando area after the Friday shooting and later was found by Highlands County Sheriff's deputies at Lakeshore Mall, about 85 miles south of Orlando. Surveillance cameras showed Wilson sitting in a car in the mall's back parking lot. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service and deputies surrounded the mall.
Just after noon, a SWAT team approached Wilson's car. He drove off, crashed the car, and then fired the shot that killed him, according to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.
His death remains under investigation.
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