Joseph Leroy Francis

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

Ashley Hicks, 23, was shot multiple times in the parking lot of an apartment complex 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 local 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 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 gun shot. 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.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.