On Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at 8:22 p.m., the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a female who said she shot somebody because she was being stabbed.
Deputies arrived at the residence in the 800 block of Evergreen Road in Oracle within two minutes of the call being dispatched. Deputies knocked on the front door to the residence but nobody answered. They opened the front door and yelled into the residence and still nobody answered. While searching the residence for the shooting victim, they discovered both the shooter and victim in the dining room.
The adult female victim was lying on her back and the female who shot her was kneeling over her. The victim was given Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) by deputies until medical personnel arrived at the home and took over. Unfortunately the victim was pronounced deceased a short time later.
The reporting party, who was also the shooter, was identified as Leanor Guitard, 55. The deputies also seized a .357 Smith and Wesson revolver which was used by Guitard to shoot the victim. Guitard told deputies the female was breaking into her house and she shot her. Guitard also said she was being beaten up by the female friend she shot.
Guitard was transported to a substation to be interviewed by homicide detectives. When detectives attempted to question her she declined to answer any questions. Guitard did not have any signs of physical injuries nor were any knives located around the victim.
Guitard was booked into the Pinal County Jail for one count of Negligent Homicide.
“According to investigators, Leanor Guitard was so intoxicated she was difficult to understand and had to be assisted when she walked,” said Sheriff Paul Babeu. “Guitard is the only person who now knows why she shot her friend. She gave investigators conflicting information as far as what occurred. This case is a tragic reminder of how quickly a life can be taken by those who handle firearms irresponsibly.”