The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday in the small town of Halstad in far western Minnesota, about 35 miles north of Moorhead. Instead, the bullet struck Ruiz in the chest while the couple's 3-year-old daughter watched on.
She used a.50 caliber Desert Eagle firearm which authorities recovered from the grass near the house.
Perez told a Norman County Sheriff's Office deputy that Ruiz wanted to make a video of her shooting a book and he believed that the book would stop the bullet.
Now these pranks and youtube videos are a stinging reminder of a thrill-seeking 22-year-old who loved cars and adventure. It was just a prank gone wrong. They were in love, they loved in each other.
He had shown her a book he had previously fired at with a gun to prove the bullet would not travel all the way through. The family told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune the couple has a young child and that Perez is pregnant with their second.
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She told the Star Tribune that Ruiz was a gun enthusiast and "dare devil" who was always 'putting a risky twist on everything he did'.
"We called him our little daredevil", said Lisa Primeau, who is the aunt of Ruiz, adding that she "pretty much raised" him after his mother died when he was 9. She pointed out two GoPro cameras that had been set up - one on the back of a vehicle and one on a ladder.
In Facebook comments roughly one hour before Ruiz was killed, Perez wrote, "We are in the process of making Pedro a YouTube channel oh man is it going to be sweet! It shouldn't have happened at all", said Ruiz.
Perez is being held in jail and will appear in court by video this week.
If convicted, Perez could face a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $20,000.