BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A Battle Creek man accused of shooting his girlfriend was arrested Saturday night. She had died only minutes earlier after being removed from life support, her family said.
Tianna Hunt was allegedly shot by her boyfriend — and the father of her 2-year-old son — on May 24, Battle Creek police say. He allegedly then went on the run and it was a week before police caught up to him.
“It’s a sigh of relief to know he’s caught,” Hunt’s aunt Rose Armstrong said.
Hunt, 23, and Richard Bozell, 27, were at a party at a friend’s house on May 24 when they got into an argument, witnesses told Hunt’s family. At some point, the witnesses said, Bozell left and got a gun. When he returned, the fight continued.
“She tried to walk away from the argument and apparently it wasn’t good enough,” Armstrong said.
That’s when Bozell allegedly shot her.
After six days in the hospital, Hunt was removed from life support on Friday, her family said. She was pronounced dead Saturday night.
Only about five minutes after they were informed Hunt had died, her family got a call: Bozell had been found hiding in a closet in an apartment at Bent Tree Apartments off of Bedford Road, Armstrong said.
“We were crying and our tears turned to cheers,” Armstrong said. “It’s a victory for the family to know that he was caught.”
Hunt’s aunt said the family learned following the shooting that the couple had a history of domestic violence.
“We didn’t know. She just kept it to herself. We asked her what happened, she’d say some girls jumped on her, so we didn’t know it was going on,” Armstrong said.
Had family members known, Armstrong said, “we would have protected her. We would have gotten her out of here. She would have still had a life.”
Hunt leaves behind three sons under the age of 3.
“If you are in a domestic violence relationship, get out, get out because there is no future,” Armstrong said.
Bozell was arraigned Monday on one charge of open murder. Bond was denied. He is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing on June 12.
Hunt’s family is working on funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions to help pay for funeral expenses may be directed to Fisher Funeral Home and Cremation Services located at 24501 Five Mile Road in Redford Township. Administrator John Lucy may be reached at 313.452.9841.