Birmingham man arrested for attempted murder of girlfriend

Stephen Gafford (photo source Jefferson County Sheriff's Department)
Stephen Gafford (photo source Jefferson County Sheriff's Department)

FORESTDALE, AL (WBRC) - A Birmingham man was arrested for the attempted murder of his girlfriend in Forestdale.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, in a statement Tuesday to FOX6 News, said Stephen David Gafford, 43, of Birmingham, was arrested Monday night on attempted murder and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Investigators said the girlfriend showed up at their Forestdale substation Monday night, telling deputies she had been assaulted by her boyfriend.  She told deputies her and Gafford had gotten into an argument about him smoking crack when he began punching her in the face.  She said Gafford then pulled out a .22 rifle and started firing at her.  None of the rounds hit her, and she managed to get away and drove to the Forestdale substation.

When deputies arrived, they arrested Gafford and confiscated the rifle.  Deputies later determined Gafford fired 15 rounds at the victim, seven of which struck her purse that was slung over her shoulder.

Gafford was in the Jefferson County Jail Tuesday on $26,000 bond.

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