Monalisa Perez, a vlogger from Minnesota, was arrested this past Monday, June 26th, after fatally shooting her boyfriend, 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz, while filming a stunt for their YouTube channel. She was charged with second-degree manslaughter, a crime which carries the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $20,000, or both. By all accounts, it seems the shooting was an accident and that Ruiz actually helped plan it.
Perez called 911 Monday evening and told authorities she had accidentally shot her boyfriend. The police responded to the couple's house in Norman County and found Ruiz with a single gunshot wound to the chest. They attempted to save the young man, but he died on the scene.
Perez, who happens to be pregnant, says Ruiz was excited by the idea of her shooting a book while he was holding it. He believed the book would stop the bullet, and may have even tested his theory on several other books. This time, however, the bullet did not stop. Earlier that same night, Perez tweeted about the upcoming segment: