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Man claims he accidentally killed woman during argument over money at Lafayette Walmart

Police said 33-year-old Casey Marie Lewis was shot and killed in a Walmart parking lot Sept. 4.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A man is charged in a shooting that left a woman dead in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Lafayette on Sept. 4.

Anthony J. Perez is charged with murder, attempted kidnapping, criminal confinement, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and a series of other charges.

Police said 28-year-old Perez was caught in Little Rock, Arkansas. Police said they took Perez into custody without incident. 

According to court documents, Perez and the victim, 33-year-old Casey Marie Lewis, had been in a relationship.

On Sept. 4, police said Perez and Lewis had been shopping inside the store in the 4200 block of Commerce Drive, just west of Interstate 65, around 8:30 p.m.

The two then left the store and walked to Lewis' van. According to court documents, Perez told investigators the two had been arguing about money issues. Perez allegedly said Lewis would not stop screaming at him, so he got his gun out in an attempt to intimidate her into being quiet.

Perez then claims, according to court documents, that he fired two shots inside the van to show Lewis he was serious, and one of the shots hit Lewis in the back. Perez then said he left the gun in the van and ran.

According to police, Perez had an active warrant in Tippecanoe County for escape after cutting off his home detention bracelet.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 1-800-78-CRIME or 765-807-1200.

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