DUNEDIN — A 21-year-old woman was arrested Monday on a charge of attempted murder after an argument with her boyfriend escalated, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to a residence on Duncan Loop West at 6:58 a.m. and found a man who had been shot in the abdomen. Witnesses said the man was involved in a verbal argument with his girlfriend, Tikerria Nashay Bell, before the incident. His name was not released because he invoked an amendment known as Marsy’s Law, meant to protect crime victims.
Bell had fled with their 18-month-old daughter without contacting 911, according to the Sheriff’s Office. They found her and brought her to the North District Station to question her.
Bell told detectives she and her boyfriend had been arguing over bedding covers that morning, according to an arrest affidavit. She told him to leave the residence. Instead, he struck her in the face with his open palm and she left to get her firearm from her purse in the kitchen, the affidavit said.
Her boyfriend tried to close the bedroom door, where their daughter was asleep in their shared bed, but didn’t succeed, the affidavit said. He put Bell in a chokehold and she shot him one time, in the left side of his abdomen, the affidavit said.
According to the arrest affidavit, Bell also told the detectives she shot her boyfriend because she was “mad” and said had retrieved her firearm because she planned to shoot him.
Detectives arrested Bell at about 2:45 p.m. She is charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder.
The injured man was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition. Their daughter was placed with family members. The investigation is ongoing.