Phoenix, Arizona

From Tucson’s of April 11, 2007

Arizona Man shot in the head drives self to hospital

A Phoenix area (sic) drove himself to the hospital Friday morning after he was shot in the head, allegedly by his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.

The shooting, which apparently started as a domestic violence, happened near 38th Avenue and McDowell Road, police said. The wounded man reportedly drove himself from the scene to the hospital.

It all started around 6:15 a.m., when the 25-year-old man allegedly kicked in the door to an apartment where his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend were sleeping.

“They heard a quick knock on the door, followed immediately by someone trying to kick the door in,” said Sgt. Joel Tranter of the Phoenix Police Department. “The door was, in fact, kicked in. A male subject … forced entry into the apartment.”

Investigators said the new boyfriend grabbed his gun and shot the intruder at least once.

According to police, the ex-boyfriend, whose name has not been released, left the apartment, jumped into his car and drove himself from the scene to nearby Maryvale Hospital.

So far, no charges have been filed against the new boyfriend in connection with this morning’s incident. Police said the shooting appears to be a case of self defense and will leave the decision on charges to the county attorney.

The ex-boyfriend, whose injuries were not life threatening, will likely face charges of burglary and possibility aggravated assault.


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