Woman says husband shot at her

Kent Black

A Palisade man could be charged with attempted murder after he allegedly fired a gun at his wife after a drunken argument at their home.

Kent Harris Black, 57, 3649 
G 4/10 Road, was advised Monday that he could be charged with felony counts of attempted first-degree murder, menacing with a deadly weapon and illegal discharge of a firearm and a misdemeanor count of prohibited use of a weapon. He’s being held in the Mesa County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Mesa County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Black home Friday morning on a shots-fired report and found Black inside the master bedroom and his 57-year-old wife inside the living room. Neither was injured.

Black’s wife told deputies she and Black had been drinking Thursday night and began arguing about finances. She said she was standing on the side of the bed in the master bedroom when Black said “we can solve this for both of us right now,” according to an arrest affidavit.

“Do it, just don’t miss,” the woman said she told Black.

She said Black retrieved a handgun and fired it at her. The round went over her right shoulder.

“(The wife) stated she said, ‘You missed,’ ” a deputy wrote in the affidavit. “(The wife) stated Kent said, ‘I know, I just want you to know that I can get you anytime I want.’ “

The woman said Black put the gun away, and the two of them continued to argue. She said she then left the house and returned around midnight.

Black told deputies he threatened to his wife that he would commit suicide.

He said she responded, “Do what you want.” He said he went into the bathroom and, upset that his wife wouldn’t listen to him, grabbed a handgun and fired a round at the wall in her direction “to get her to listen and pay attention to me,” the affidavit said.

Black said he yelled at his wife, asking whether she would listen to him now. He said he put the handgun away and they continued to argue.

He then left the house, the affidavit said.

Black told deputies he put the gun, a .40-caliber Glock, inside a brown leather holster. He admitted he and his wife had shared a pint of vodka, the affidavit said.

Black told deputies the couple have been married for 37 years.

Deputies found a bullet hole in the master bedroom wall that separates the bedroom from the bathroom. The bullet passed through both sides of the wall, traveled through the bathroom, struck the opposite wall and continued through the exterior wall and siding. Deputies also found a bullet hole in a blue robe hanging on the wall, the affidavit said.

The handgun was found between the mattress and box spring in the master bedroom.


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