Man accused of shooting wife in Hillsboro faces attempted murder charge

Booking photo for Fidencio Diaz-Eguiza, 61, from the Washington County Jail

HILLSBORO, Ore. – A man is charged in his wife's shooting and was booked into the Washington County Jail after police say they found him hiding in a cabinet early Monday morning.

Fidencio Diaz-Eguiza is facing charges of attempted murder, second-degree assault, and unlawful use of a weapon. According to the jail booking website, his bail is set at $25,000.

Officers were called out Sunday evening on reports of a shooting at a home in the 2700 block of Tumblestone Drive. Police say they found a 59-year-old woman injured in the home; she is expected to survive her injury.

Authorities say the victim is Diaz-Eguiza's wife, and she was shot in the shoulder.

"It's sad what happened. I could never imagine what happened," says Hector Tellez, who was stunned to see his neighbor's mugshot on the morning news. "I talk to Fidencio all the time. I can never imagine he could do anything like that. His wife - amazing person. Their whole family's really great."

Just after 1 a.m., detectives got a warrant to go inside the home to collect evidence.

"They were actually searching the home when they found Mr. Diaz-Aguiza hiding in a cabinet in the garage. The house had been surrounded by officers throughout the night so our belief is that he was in there the whole time," says Sgt. Eric Bunday with Hillsboro Police.

Tellez says he never saw his neighbors fight. Police are working to figure out what led up to the violence, and noted there's no history of domestic violence calls to that address.

"It's a challenging case for investigators, it's a challenging case for the family involved," Sgt. Bunday says. "Nobody ever wants or expects to go through that, so our hearts this morning go out to the victim."

Tellez says his heart is with her, too, and the entire family.

"I'm saddened... most of anything. Just because I know them. And I can't imagine what their pain is. Either way they're losing."

Officials say other people were home at the time, but would not confirm how those people are related to the suspect and victim.

Diaz-Eguiza is due in court Tuesday at 3 p.m. for his arraignment.

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