Hillsboro man hid in garage after shooting wife, police say
Authorities say a man accused of shooting his wife in their home near the Sunset Esplanade hid in a cabinet for hours, as he attempted to outwit police officers.
Fidencio Diaz-Eguiza, 61, of Hillsboro is charged with attempted murder, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon after police say he tried to kill his wife during a domestic dispute on Sunday, Feb. 10.
Police were called to a home in the 2700 block of Southeast Tumblestone Drive at about 4:16 p.m., Sunday, after receiving a report of shots fired, according to Hillsboro Police spokesman Sgt. Eric Bunday.
Arriving on the scene, police found a 59-year-old woman, whom police have identified as Diaz-Eguiza's wife, suffering from a serious gunshot wound to her left shoulder. The woman was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. She is expected to survive, Bunday said.
Police shut down the area, Hillsboro Police sent police K-9 teams through area neighborhoods, searching for him. Residents in the area were told Diaz-Eguiza should be considered armed and dangerous.
But police found Diaz-Eguiza at 1:40 a.m., Monday, Feb. 11. Police were conducting a search of the home when they reportedly discovered Diaz-Eguiza inside a cabinet in the home's garage, Bunday said.
Bunday said it's likely that Diaz-Eguiza was in the cabinet for hours while police investigated the scene.
After he was found, police arrested Diaz-Eguiza without incident, Bunday said.
Diaz-Eguiza was lodged in the Washington County Jail. He is expected to be arraigned Monday.
Police have not released a motive for the shooting. Bunday said other people were in the home at the time of the shooting, but declined to release further information.
"If folks find themselves in a relationship involving domestic abuse, there is the Family Justice Center of Washington County right here in the area," Bunday said. "That is a good way to obtain help and retain social services for anyone who needs them."
By Geoff Pursinger
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