Helena Police: apartment shooting appears to be self-defense

Helena Police said the victim, 39-year-old Jim William Boykin accosted his neighbor at her apartment, and she shot him in self-defense.

Just before 6 p.m. Sunday, Helena Police were called out to the Fox Valley Apartments in Maylene in response to a shooting call.

When officers arrived, they found 39-year-old Jim William Boykin, who lived at the complex, dead from a gunshot wound.

After taking witness statements, police said it appeared that Boykin was behaving erratically, accosted a female neighbor at her apartment, and she shot Boykin in self-defense.

According to police, the 46-year-old female recently filed a report with Helena Police and said that Boykin threatened her with physical harm. A warrant was issued for Boykin in that case, and he was later arrested. He was out on bond pending a court date.

This investigation is ongoing.

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