Girlfriend charged with shooting man at Boardman apartments

Tena Garver is charged with felonious assault and domestic violence for the shooting.

Tena Garver, charged with felonious assault and domestic violence.
Arrested March 14 - Tena Garver, 47, charged with felonious assault and domestic violence


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man was shot Tuesday morning in Boardman, and police said the man’s girlfriend was responsible.

Tena Garver, 47, is charged with felonious assault and domestic violence in the shooting. Police said Garver lived with the victim, who initially told police that he was shot while taking out the trash at the Chelsea Court Apartments on South Avenue.


Listen: 911 call 

Garver is the one who called 911 around 4 a.m. She blamed a neighbor for the shooting, saying she didn’t know the man. When questioned, she told a dispatcher that the shooting happened after an argument between her boyfriend, David Getz, and the unidentified neighbor.

“It was just a neighborly conflict. They got in an argument, and he shot him,” Garver told the dispatcher. “I don’t know. He came home and he had blood all over him.”

From there, the 911 call turned into a bizarre exchange of facts:

911 operator: What’s the neighbor’s name? What apartment does the neighbor live in?

Garver: I don’t know

911 operator: What’s the neighbor’s name?

Garver: I don’t know

911 operator: Ok where did he get shot?

(At one point Garver can be heard asking her boyfriend, who she identifies as David Getz, where he was shot. Getz answers: In the chest)

Garver: In his chest

Although Garver said the shooting happened outside the apartment she gives dispatch a description:

Garver: I never seen that guy before

911 operator: So you did get a good look at him?

Garver: No, Yeah, he was a black guy

But when officers arrived, they found Getz with a gunshot wound to chest. It was then that Garver’s story started to unravel as the couple gave conflicting reports. In the end, they agreed one story.

“Both did in fact agree that there was an argument and they both agreed that the female did shoot the male in the chest with a .22 caliber rifle,” said Det. Rick Balog.

Getz was able to speak with police following his injury. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment and is now in stable condition.

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