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Ozarks man’s girlfriend is shot as he sits near her. He blames a mysterious black man

Aaron Zumwalt
Aaron Zumwalt

While being investigated in connection to a shooting that left his girlfriend seriously injured, an Ozarks man blamed the incident on a tall, bald black man.

Aaron Zumwalt, 28, was at a friend’s home in Republic, Mo., with his girlfriend, who is identified in court documents as B.M., when the girlfriend suddenly felt a tingling, aching feeling in her leg, according to court documents prepared by Republic police.

B.M. looked down and found blood soaking her shirt near her navel.

She suffered damage to her stomach, right hip and right buttocks, where the bullet exited, police said. She told police that Zumwalt had been sitting immediately to her left at the moment of the shooting, which was preceded by an argument.

“B.M. made elusive statements that Zumwalt was the individual with the firearm in his possession when the firearm discharged,” police wrote.

Zumwalt, of Aurora, Mo., was charged Sunday in connection to the shooting with felony unlawful possession of a firearm and making a false report.

He originally told police that a 6-foot-3 black man had suddenly materialized and, seemingly without motive, shot his girlfriend.

Zumwalt’s friend made no mention to police of a black man being present in the home at the time of the shooting. Zumwalt’s girlfriend also made no such mention, court documents indicate.

Zumwalt, in a later interview with police, started crying and said he didn’t want to lose his freedom because his baby is due in three weeks.

(Police said another woman, not B.M., is the mother of Zumwalt’s expected child.)

“(Zumwalt) stated if he talked to me he was ‘fu----,’ ” a detective wrote, according to court documents, “and if he did not talk to me he was ‘fu----.’ ”

In January 2016, Zumwalt was charged with two counts of second-degree rape, sodomy and three counts of domestic assault. He posted bond in late May. His rape trial is scheduled for January.

After the shooting, Zumwalt drove his girlfriend to a hospital in his 2003 Chevy Impala, court records state. He placed a floor mat on the passenger seat for B.M. to sit on “so blood would not get on his seat.”

His bond was set at $100,000.

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Max Londberg: 816-234-4378, @MaxLondberg

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