Charges: Man shot girlfriend on his birthday, fled to Wisconsin

The 28-year-old is now facing attempted murder charges.
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Jacob McPheeters

A Bloomington man who allegedly shot his girlfriend outside a local hotel before fleeing to Wisconsin has been charged with attempted murder.

Jacob McPheeters turned 28 years old on Friday, and was with his girlfriend when they went to see their friends, another couple who were staying in a camper outside the Days Inn on Normandale Boulevard.

As they entered the camper in the early hours of Friday morning, McPheeters and his girlfriend were arguing and she was crying.

According to the charges, McPheeters told the other couple "he was angry because he would be going to prison soon on a Wisconsin drug charge and he couldn’t trust his girlfriend."

He then pointed a semi-automatic pistol at his girlfriend and "tried dragging her from the camper." During the ensuing struggle, the 28-year-old put the gun in his pocket and his girlfriend in a chokehold. 

The other woman in the camper managed to get his gun and put it in her car.

A short time later, McPheeters went to his car and returned with another gun, walking up to his girlfriend and shooting her at point blank range in the chest.

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She was dropped at Fairview Southdale Hospital and was later transferred to HCMC, where she remains in a critical condition.

McPheeters was tracked by police using his phone and was arrested in Wisconsin.

A search of his vehicle found both the revolver and the semi-automatic pistol, and three pipe bombs. As well as attempted murder, he is also facing charges of 1st-degree assault, 2nd-degree assault and felon in possession of a gun.

If you're experiencing domestic violence, you can find a list of local resources and services here. You can also call the Minnesota Day One Crisis hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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