Man charged with fatally shooting estranged wife

Tracked her to SUV in Kent shopping plaza

A 46-year-old Federal Way man faces first-degree murder and attempted murder charges for allegedly tracking down and fatally shooting his estranged wife and injuring her male friend as they sat in a SUV at a Kent shopping plaza.

Ignacio Cisneros is charged with killing Alla M. Chikh, 34, of Federal Way, and wounding a 64-year-old Kent man, when he reportedly shot them at about 10:47 p.m. on July 11 in the 12900 block of SE Kent Kangley Road at the Marketplace at Lake Meridian shopping center. Cisneros turned himself in Sunday night to Kent Police. He was with an attorney and didn’t make any statements, according to court documents.

Cisneros reportedly shot Chikh in the head and the man in the neck after walking up to the white 2014 Cadillac Escalade driven by Chikh. He had used his Toyota Camry to block the path of the SUV in the parking lot. Witnesses said Cisneros initially walked up to the SUV and after a bit of yelling between the parties, he returned to his car to get a gun. He walked back to the SUV, fired three to five shots, then got back in his car and drove away.

During the pursuit and shooting, a 6-year-old son of the couple was in the backseat of the Camry. A witness heard the boy scream after the shots were fired, “You hurt her! You hurt her!”

Cisneros has a history of domestic violence, according to charging papers. Chikh filed a petition for a protection order from Cisneros in 2014 after an extensive pattern of abuse, including threats of chopping her neck off if she did not have sex with him. The couple reportedly reconciled a few months later. But about a week later, Federal Way Police arrested Cisneros for fourth-degree assault for punching his wife in the face at their home.

After three years on probation, the case was dismissed in April because Cisneros complied with the terms of a stipulated order of continuance. But the violence didn’t end, according to court documents. And then came the shooting.

“The shooting of Chikh can only be described as an execution,” Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Wyman Yip wrote in the charging papers. “This was all done at approximately 10:40 p.m. in the open parking lot of a busy shopping plaza, witnessed by shocked bystanders and Chikh’s own son.”

Chikh and the Kent man had met at a restaurant at the shopping plaza prior to returning to the SUV. The man, who remained Tuesday in the hospital, told police he was friends with Chikh and they agreed to meet that evening because her son was with his father. He said when Cisneros came over to the vehicle, he asked, “Who is this?” The man told him who he was and Cisneros told the man he was her husband. He then retrieved the gun from the Camry.

Cisneros is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, July 30 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

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