Police investigating domestic homicide

Police investigating domestic homicide

YAKIMA, Wash. - A man died Sunday morning, after police say he was allegedly stabbed by his girlfriend.

Yakima police and fire crews said they responded to the 200 block of Chisholm Trail around two Sunday morning. That's when they found a 46-year-old Carlos Meza stabbed in the chest.

Police said he was taken to a local hospital after several minutes of first aid, where he later died.

Police arrested Meza's 30-year-old girlfriend Karina Enriguez. She is being charged with second degree murder but she said it was self-defense.

Yakima Police Spokesperson Mike Bastinelli said police are investigating this as a homicide.

"We still have a lot of work to do," he said. "We don't know what led up to it, we don't know exactly what happened, we know what she said happened but we have to weigh that against the evidence."

Police said the couple had multiple domestic violence issues and both had mutual no contact orders.

According to police reports, Enriquez said they were trying to work things out. She said they got into an argument and he assaulted her. Then she said he grabbed a knife and she tried to take it away from him but she didn't realize she

stabbed him in the process.

Police said Enriquez had noticeable bruising on her shoulder and blood on her eye.

YWCA Executive Director Cheri Kilty said they encourage victims to come up with a safety plan to avoid these tragedies.

"If they find themselves in a conflict with their partner and it's escalating, what can they do," Kilty said. "Cause we don't want them to have to defend themselves in a way where somebody's going to be seriously be hurt."

Police said this is an ongoing investigation. Enriquez's bail is set at $500,000.

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