Ex-girlfriend of man shot by deputy says he almost killed her

Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Created: 08/07/2014 6:27 PM

Michelle Ciesielski is glad a Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed her ex-boyfriend, Manuel Flores.

She said Flores made her life a living hell during the two years they dated.

"To this day I'm jaded," said Ciesielski. "I can't date anybody. I can't be with anybody because I'm terrified."

Ciesielski said she wasn't surprised when she heard Flores almost ran over his current girlfriend during rampage in his truck on Monday. On Wednesday, the sheriff's office released surveillance video showing the truck almost hit the woman. Flores then took aim at a sheriff's deputy and rammed into his patrol car.

Ciesielski said she's glad the deputy pulled the trigger and killed Flores.

"I was glad for me and my family that we don't have to look over our backs anymore," she said. "That I didn't have to worry about my children while they were at school. That I didn't have to worry about waking up and having him standing over me trying to murder me."

According to a criminal complaint, in 2011 Flores chased Ciesielski with a kitchen knife and slammed her into a neighbor's car. Police arrested him on assault charges.

"It should have been attempted murder," she said. "He threw my into a moving vehicle and then he was going to stab me in the back with a knife when my neighbor's mother jumped on his arm and stopped him from stabbing me."

While in jail, Ciesielski said Flores was stabbed in the eye with a pen during a fight with another inmate. She paid the price when he got out.

"After he got out of jail he held me prisoner and held a pencil to my eye so I could feel what he went through in there." 

Ciesielski said Flores stalked her for years after they broke up.

Investigators said Flores' rampage began on Monday when he thought his current girlfriend was cheating on him.

Flores has a long criminal history dating back to 2005.

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