Joseph Leroy Francis

Photo courtesy of Tucson Police Department

A woman was shot and killed Thursday night by a man against whom she had a restraining order, Tucson police said.

Ashley Hicks, 23, was shot multiple times in the parking lot of the Canyon Creek Apartments at 160 N. Pantano Road just before 10:30 p.m., said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. She was taken to a hospital, where she died.

"She arrived at that complex last night with some friends and when they got there the suspect was waiting for her," Widmer said.

After shooting Hicks, Joseph Leroy Francis, 23, drove to the Marana home of the woman's parents.

Francis told them he killed their daughter, and left, police said.

The parents reported the encounter to the Marana Police Department and "their investigation led them to the suspect's home in the 2800 block of West Curtis Road," Widmer said.

"Upon Marana police arrival, they heard a single gunshot. They found our suspect in the driveway of the residence with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene."

At that point the Pima County Sheriff's Department took over the investigation of the apparent suicide.

Where to find help

If you are in an abusive situation or think you might be, call 911 or one of these other numbers for help:

• Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse crisis hotline 1-888-428-0101

• Wingspan Domestic Violence Project for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, 24-hour hotline 624-0348 and 1-800-553-9387.

• Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1-800-782-6400

• National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) and TTY 1-800-787-3224

Contact reporter Kimberly Matas at or at 573-4191.