Police say a Bozeman man turned himself in after shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend in her home early Wednesday morning.

Anthony Tobias Fagiano, 35, was arrested and charged with deliberate homicide in the death of Darcy Buhmann, 37.

Bail was set at $1 million by Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West.

According to charging documents:

At approximately 5:23 a.m., Christopher Wood called 911 to report that he received a text from Fagiano that said he had killed Buhmann, Wood’s ex-wife.

“I just killed (Buhmann) it’s best for you, she’ll never be faithful,” the text read.

A few minutes later, Bozeman police responded to Buhmann’s home at 1995 Buckrake Ave. Officers found a broken glass window near the back door of the house. There were also fresh footprints in the snow. However, the door was locked.

Officers then found the front door unlocked and went in the house. They smelled the fresh scent of a discharged firearm. They found Buhmann dead in a closet in an upstairs bedroom.

At 6:20 a.m., a Bozeman officer who was starting his shift found Fagiano outside of the Law and Justice Center smoking a cigarette.

When the officer asked Fagiano if he could help him with anything, Fagiano said he had just killed his girlfriend.

The officer had Fagiano sit down and Fagiano told him the rifle he used to kill the woman was in a vehicle in the Law and Justice Center parking lot.

Fagiano was handcuffed and told he was being detained. When asked if the woman needed medical attention, he said, “No man, she’s dead. I popped her in the head.” He then identified the victim as Buhmann.

Darcy Buhmann

Darcy Buhmann is seen in the profile photograph from her Facebook profile.

During an interview with Fagiano after his arrest, he said he had been dating Buhmann for about a year. He said he received two different restraining orders from her. He said he had been thinking of killing her for several months.

Fagiano said he stole a rifle to kill Buhmann. The day after he stole it, he said, he bought ammunition for the gun.

Fagiano said he went to Buhmann’s house at about 4:30 a.m. and broke a rear window to get inside. He said he immediately walked upstairs and found Buhmann hiding in her closet.

Fagiano said he shot her in the stomach once and in the head once. He then left the house, went into the woods and notified several family members and Buhmann’s ex-husband that he had shot and killed her.

Bozeman Police Investigate Homicide Crime Scene

Bozeman police officers investigate outside the home of Darcy Buhmann in Bozeman, Wednesday, March 9 where police responded to an alleged homicide.

During Fagiano’s Wednesday morning court appearance, Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert requested $1 million bail.

“This case is an example of why domestic violence matters need to be taken so seriously,” Lambert said.

Fagiano’s criminal history includes convictions for domestic battery in 1998, a DUI and disorderly conduct in March 2011, and misdemeanor assault in July 2014. Fagiano also has probation violations for a felony offense in June 2014, however, Lambert was unsure of what the offense was.

Buhmann also had a restraining order issued against Fagiano on Feb. 21. Her restraining order paperwork lists Fagiano as her ex-boyfriend.

“It took less than one month and we have a homicide case,” Lambert said. “He has violent tendencies. He’s an extreme risk to the members of this community.”

Defense attorney Mary Kramer said Fagiano did not oppose the $1 million bail and would possibly ask for a reduction once the case is transferred to Gallatin County District Court.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Bozeman police Capt. Andy Knight did not reveal whether other people were in the house at the time of the shooting, but did say that Buhmann’s two children were safe.

Detectives remained at the house throughout the day Wednesday and the investigation is ongoing, Knight said.

“It’s the top priority for our police department,” Knight said.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office as well as other community partners are assisting with the investigation, Knight said.

This is the first homicide the Bozeman Police Department has investigated since September 2013 when Cody Little shot and killed 24-year-old Larry Clayton after a party.

The last domestic violence-related killing in Bozeman was in November 2012 when 31-year-old Uriah Kimble shot and killed 33-year-old Alicia Smith before turning the gun on himself.

Whitney Bermes can be reached at wbermes@dailychronicle.com or 582-2648. Follow her on Twitter at @wabermes.


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