A Texas sheriff’s deputy fatally shot his paralyzed girlfriend and then claimed to authorities she took her own life, police said.
Jay Allen Rotter, a 36-year-old deputy with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Monday on charges of murder and evidence tampering in the death of 46-year-old Leslie Lynn Hartman, Denton police said in a statement.
Rotter called 911 on Aug. 26 to report that Hartman shot herself in their home, where responding cops found her dead inside, police said.
“It was determined that Rotter and the deceased female were the only two people living in the residence at the time of the incident,” police said.
Rotter had identified himself as an officer during the 911 call – and said he was hugging Hartman when she shot herself in the head, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the Dallas Morning News.
Rotter claimed he “would have stopped” Hartman — who was paralyzed and used a wheelchair —