Grosse Pointe Psychiatrist Sentenced in Shooting of Ex-Husband's Girlfriend

February 02, 2024, 3:35 PM by  Allan Lengel

Shooting happened in the 2500 block of Woodward

A Grosse Pointe psychiatrist was sentenced Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court to a minimum of 8 years and 9 months in prison for shooting and wounding her ex-husband's girlfriend in Detroit in 2021.

Dr. Barika Butler-Quarles, 42, was charged in 2021 in the non-fatal shooting of a 41-year-old Texas woman, who was dating the psychiatrist's ex-husband at the time. 

The incident happened Aug. 4, 2021, around 7:55 p.m., according to the Wayne County Prosecutors's Office.

The armed psychiatrist entered her ex-husband’s residence in the 2500 block of Woodward Avenue at the edge of downtown Detroit without his permission and startled his girlfriend before shooting her in the left bicep. The bullet exited the back of her arm into her left side and exited out of her back, authorities said.

The ex-husband wrestled the weapon from his ex-wife. Police responded. The gunshot victim, who was standing outside, was transported to the hospital.

Last mopnth, a Wayne County jury convicted Butler-Quarles of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, first-degree home invasion, discharge of a firearm in a building causing injury, and three counts of felony firearm.

She must serve at least the minimum of the 57 months to 20 year sentence and an additional four years for felony firearm, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The minimum amounts to 8 years and 9 months. 


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