Argyle police arrested a man after his girlfriend was shot in the hand and shoulder Wednesday, according to an officer’s affidavit.
Argyle officers were dispatched to a Denton hospital Wednesday in reference to a gunshot victim. A woman suffered a gunshot wound that went through her right palm and out the top of her right hand, then through the top portion of her right shoulder, near the neck, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The victim said she was trying to clean her .44-caliber Ruger Vaquero when she accidentally shot herself at home in the 13000 block Paradise Lane, the affidavit states. She told police she was alone at the time and was holding the gun with her left hand, trying to get the hammer back down, when the gun went off around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Police spoke with her boyfriend and noted he was “extremely nervous and smelled of alcohol.” In reports, he gave the same story, telling officers he found her laying on the bed covered in blood around 6 p.m. after he came home from work.
Police received a search warrant to go inside their trailer, and officers noticed blood splatter going at an angle upward from the bed area toward the linen closet. A sergeant noticed glass in the carpet and looked around to notice the door of the closet was missing.
The boyfriend then admitted the door was in the bed of his truck. After the boyfriend was transported to the police station, he told police they talked, ate and began drinking before going into the bedroom. There, the boyfriend told the officer, they pulled the gun out and began doing “quick draws” on each other. According to the boyfriend, he didn’t know the gun was loaded and didn’t remember exactly what his girlfriend was doing with her hands but did tell officers he “accidentally shot her,” according to the affidavit.
Officers said she had been laying in a large pool of blood all night. The female has since been transferred to Harris Methodist. Her condition was unknown.
The boyfriend was charged with knowingly or recklessly causing bodily harm and tampering with physical evidence, records indicate.
From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday:
- Sixty-eight people were booked into Denton County Jail.
- Denton police posted 23 reports online, including six burglary of a vehicle reports.
From Jan. 27 to Saturday:
- Texas Women’s University police responded to 124 calls for service, made six reports, seven escorts, 167 parking violations, 29 moving violations and made two arrests.
From Jan. 27 to Thursday:
- University of North Texas police assisted two agencies, responded to three medical calls, one criminal trespass call, one found property call, four theft reports, one possession of controlled substance arrest, one possession of drug paraphernalia report, one possession of marijuana arrest, made one offense report for striking a vehicle while unattended and one outside agency warrant arrest.
— Megan Gray
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