ROCK HILL — A convicted felon forbidden from owning guns told deputies he drank 10 beers last weekend and accidentally shot his girlfriend’s middle finger when he tried to show her how the pistol works.
Police found several other firearms throughout his Rock Hill home, some of which he told deputies he had inherited from his father.
On Saturday, deputies were sent to Jimmy David Boone’s home on Hagler Drive after receiving a “strange 911 call,” a York County sheriff’s report states. A 54-year-old woman told emergency dispatchers that her boyfriend had a lot of guns and got her into a “mess.”
Police found the woman had been shot in her left middle finger, the report states. They also found a loaded pistol on the couch.
Boone told officers he had drunk 10 beers and that he and his girlfriend were arguing about money, the report states. He told police the shooting was an accident and he was only showing his girlfriend how the gun worked by racking the slide back and forth.
The girlfriend told deputies that she had drunk several alcoholic beverages and, while she and Boone were arguing, he grabbed the gun and started “messing with it.” After making threats, Boone pointed the gun at her, the report states. The girlfriend reached up to push the gun away from her face at the same time Boone pulled the trigger.
The bullet struck the middle finger of her left hand and lodged into a living room window, the report states. Police seized several other guns in the house, but did not disclose how many.
Deputies did not find any bullets on the floor where Boone allegedly stood, leading police to believe that he was not racking the gun as he claimed, the report states. Police arrested and charged Boone with first-degree assault and battery. He left jail the same day on a $20,000 bond.
Boone’s criminal history spans two decades, beginning with a 1993 conviction for petit larceny. A year later he was placed on house arrest after he was convicted of felony possession of burglary tools, criminal conspiracy, breaking into a coin-operated machine and driving under suspension, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
He was placed on three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution that same year for grand larceny, records show. Several traffic convictions followed in subsequent years.