Mesa Man Considers Murdering Girlfriend. Shoots Her in Foot Instead

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Barton Boyer
A Mesa man considered killing his girlfriend early this morning, but opted to shoot her in the foot instead.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Mesa police were dispatched to the Arizona Regional Medical Center about 12:30 a.m. today. Hospital staff called to report a woman had been brought in because her boyfriend, 51-year-old Barton Boyer, accidentally shot her in the foot.

As cops would soon find out, the shooting wasn't an accident, and Boyer had given some thought to killing the woman rather than just shooting her in the foot.

When police got to the hospital, Boyer immediately asked if they were there for "what [he'd] done."

Boyer went on to tell police how he was showing his girlfriend his new .22-caliber Jimenez Arms semi-automatic pistol as the two were sitting in his parked car outside of an apartment at 151 East 1st Street in Mesa. The gun, he initially told police, accidentally went off with the bullet striking the woman's foot.

After a little prying (a.k.a. police telling him they "really want him to be honest"), Boyer changed his tune.

He told told police he and the woman had been arguing as they were driving in the parking lot. He had the gun in his hand as he was trying to steer the car, and, in the "heat of the moment," he fired at her feet.

After shooting his girlfriend in the foot, Boyer didn't immediately take her to the hospital, despite her asking him to drop her off. Instead, he drove around for a while trying to "figure out what to do" before heading to the hospital.

When asked by police if he thought about murdering the women, Boyer told them "I might have been."

Boyer was booked on one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm within city limits.

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4 comments
Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

He looks more like "Braniac" than a meth-head but then again what does a meth-head look like?     Meth users come from all walks of life.   They don't all look like the stereo typed image you see in the media.    No one should lie to the cops, because no one should talk to the cops.  Let them try to figure something out once in awhile.     They aren't your friends, you know.   They'll frame you just to close a case if you open your mouth. 

Marcy
Marcy

When a cop suggests it is time "to be honest" the proper response should always be "Quite honestly I'd like to speak with an attorney".

Roro
Roro

He might have been exercising his right to defend himself against foot odor.

Lone Wolf of 85201
Lone Wolf of 85201

He thinks cops are stupid. Here's another way to find out if that Meth-head was lying to cops:

1.) Check the passenger side for bullet hole/damage(and look for the bullet casting)2.) Search for the victim's blood.

Plain and simple.

He's just another loony with a gunny.

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