Police: Man fired bullet near woman

Christopher Murray

A 49-year-old Grand Junction man is accused of firing a .22-caliber handgun into the same bed in which his girlfriend was lying down, after allegedly drinking heavily and verbally abusing the woman, according to police.

Christopher Shane Murray was arrested early Thursday morning at 2890 Florida St. and booked into the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of menacing with a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment and illegal discharge of a weapon. He was being held in the Mesa County Jail on Thursday evening on a $7,500 bond.

In an arrest affidavit, police said they responded to the address early Thursday on report of a shot fired. When they arrived, a woman at the residence said her boyfriend of three years, Murray, fired one shot from a handgun into the bed where she was lying down.

The woman claimed Murray drank a bottle of vodka and a 12-pack of beer over the course of the evening, and that he had become increasingly abusive verbally. The woman went into the bedroom to escape the abuse, laid down on the bed with her back to the door and was startled when a gunshot rang out, leaving a black hole in the mattress “right next to where she was laying,” according to police.

She leapt from the bed, causing Murray to fall to the ground, where she grabbed the gun from his hand. She locked the gun in a safe and called 911, and Murray fled from the home, police said.

Officers returned to the address some time after taking the initial report and found Murray sleeping inside an RV on the property. While being taken to jail, Murray asked the arresting officer about the possibility of taking a gunshot residue test.

“At no point during my contact with (Murray) did I advise him about any involvement of a firearm involved in the incident,” the affidavit said.


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