Boynton Police: Pregnant Girlfriend Shoots Unfaithful Boyfriend in Groin With His Gun

Muzzle and front sight of a 9mm pistol

A Boynton Beach man is in the hospital after his pregnant girlfriend allegedly shot him in the groin with his gun during an argument about his infidelity…and claimed self defense.

Lachelle Soodeen (Palm Beach County Jail)

Boynton Beach police say 28-year-old Joshua Hewitt was shot yesterday afternoon by his 19 year old girlfriend while he was in a car outside her home.

19-year-old Lachelle Soodeen told police she thought Hewitt was reaching for a weapon and she feared for her safety and somehow shot him with his own gun.

Police reported to a house on NW 3rd Street Monday morning in reference to a shooting, according to arrest reports.

Soodeen told investigators her boyfriend pulled the gun on her after she confronted him about cheating, and that she shot him in self-defense. He said she pulled the gun on him, according to the arrest report.

Hewitt was later transported to Bethesda Hospital with a “single gunshot wound to the groin area.”

Pregnant with his child, Soodeen is now facing charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Hewitt, also facing charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, as well as aggravated battery on a pregnant person and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


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