Published: May 24, 2013
A man who allegedly choked his girlfriend and then pointed a 12-guage pump-action shotgun at her was arrested by Colorado Springs police Friday morning.
The woman told police that Curtis Boyd, 23, pulled the trigger while pointing the shotgun at her but was "unsuccessful because she had placed a trigger safety lock over the trigger guard," police said.
According to the woman's account of what happened:
Boyd was using her cell phone at an apartment near the 2400 block of North Union Boulevard and "freaked out" when another man's picture appeared on her phone when a call came in. Boyd placed both hands around her neck and began to choke her.
"The victim stated that the suspect continued 'shaking her and pushing her down hard,'" police said in a news release. "The victim said that she fought back in an attempt to get the suspect off her."
Moments later, Boyd emerged from a bedroom with the shotgun and aimed from less than 10 feet away. He tried to pull the trigger but it didn't go off because of the trigger safety lock, the woman told police.
The woman ran into the bedroom and tried to lock the door, but Boyd kicked it and followed her in, police said.
"According to the victim, she was pushed backward onto the bed and as she was curled up on the bed, the suspect knelt over her and held the gun up as if to smash her face," police said.
Boyd was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, felony menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, obstruction of telephone service since he allegedly smashed her phone when she was calling for help, and harassment.
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