PD: Tempe man arrested for shooting roommate

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Robert Tate By Jennifer Thomas Robert Tate By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. – A man faces aggravated assault and disorderly conduct charges after allegedly shooting his roommate during an argument Tuesday night.

Shortly after 7 p.m., Tempe police officers responded to a 911 call from a man reporting that his roommate had just shot him in the leg at their apartment near Broadway Road and McClintock Drive.

Lt. Mike Pooley said the victim fled the residence in his vehicle and stopped at a nearby Chevron gas station.

Officers located the victim with a gunshot wound to his right leg. He was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

According to police, Robert Tate, 54, had told the victim earlier in the day to move out of the apartment. The victim had only lived there for a week.

Pooley said the men got into an argument over rent and the rental deposit then Tate displayed a handgun. The victim was shot as he was running out the doorway and toward his vehicle.

Tate then called police to report that an unknown person had stolen his gun and he had heard a shot then found the weapon lying on the ground outside. Pooley said investigators determined Tate's story was false.

Police arrested Tate and booked him into the Tempe City Jail on one count of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of disorderly conduct with a firearm.

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