A woman who was shot dead early Thursday morning in Denver had called 911 and told a dispatcher that a woman was pointing a gun at her when the conversation ended abruptly and there was screaming in the background, according to a court document.
Paulette Beazhane Joyce, 21, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder in a domestic violence case, according to the Denver Police Department.
The victim, a 20-year-old woman who has not been named, was identified in the affidavit as an ex-girlfriend of Joyce’s. The 911 call was made at 3:21 a.m. Thursday. It lasted about 5 minutes, with the victim answering questions, before ending.
Police responded to an apartment building, at 2718 W. 28th Ave., and found the victim. She was taken to a Denver Health Medical Center and pronounced dead at about 4:11 a.m., the affidavit said.
Prior to the shooting, Joyce and another woman, a witness who was not identified by name, had gone to the apartment where the shooting occurred. “Ms. Joyce’s belonging(s) were outside the apartment, in the hallway,” the affidavit said.
Joyce and the witness went into the apartment and Joyce allegedly got into a “heated” argument with the victim. The witness, according to the affidavit, saw Joyce pointing a gun at the victim and “heard a gun shot.”
Joyce fled the apartment and was found on a patio near 2795 Speer Blvd. and taken into custody, the affidavit said. A handgun was found nearby.
Joyce was taken to Denver Health Medical Center where she was treated for leg pain and cleared. After being interviewed by a detective Joyce was arrested as a suspect in the case.
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