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Man charged with killing girlfriend at Perico Apartments

BRADENTON — Bradenton police say a man who claims three men broke into his girlfriend’s apartment and shot her to death actually pulled the trigger on the woman himself, according to reports.

Detectives arrested Alexfel Roman Sotomayor, 23, of Sarasota, on a murder charge this morning in the shooting death of 33-year-old Courtney Corinne Walker.

At around 12:30 a.m. this morning, police responded to a 911 call of a shooting in the Perico Apartments complex, three miles east of Anna Maria Island, off Manatee Avenue. Officers found Walker inside her apartment shot in the head.

Police reports say the 911 call came from an acquaintance of Sotomayor’s, who said Sotomayor had called saying he had killed his girlfriend and asking if he could come to the witness’s house to “wash the blood and gun residue off him.”

The witness refused and called 911 at 12:26 a.m., and Sotomayor later also called 911 at 12:50 a.m. from his cell phone. Police reports say Sotomayor then drove to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office substation, in the 400 block of 57th Avenue West.

Deputies at the station called Bradenton police detectives who interviewed Sotomayor there. He claimed three masked men had burst into Walker’s apartment and one shot her in the head. Sotomayor told detectives he was able to escape, running 100 yards from the apartment. He told police he didn’t hear a gunshot and went back to the apartment ten minutes later.

Sotomayor said inside he found Walker in a bedroom closet in a pool of blood. He told police he held her arm before leaving the apartment, locking the door behind him. He said he then “drove around for a while and made some calls,” the police reports said.

He explained the delay in calling 911 saying “he was scared,” according to police reports. Sotomayor also told police he didn’t call 911 right away to get his girlfriend help because “he was not thinking.”

“There are all kinds of inconsistencies and holes in his story,” said Bradenton Police Lt. John Affolter. “Right now he is the only person we are looking at for this.”

Detectives arrested Sotomayor just before noon, and tested him for gun powder residue. He is being held in the Manatee County jail without bond.