An estranged husband who barged into the home of his wife's male friend and got shot in the chest and arms has been charged with five felonies in 3rd District Court.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office filed charges against Robert Wayne Hunter, 50, but has chosen not to file any charges against Joseph McIntosh, who is the homeowner who fired a shotgun at Hunter.

The district attorney's office said in a statement that evidence it had reviewed involving the Sept. 17 incident showed McIntosh was justified under Utah law in using force when Hunter broke in to McIntosh's West Valley home.

The district attorney's office contends that Hunter broke in with the intention of killing McIntosh and Elaine Hunter, who is Robert Hunter's estranged wife.

Robert Hunter is charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder, both first-degree felonies; one count of aggravated burglary (domestic violence), a first-degree felony; and two counts of stalking, both second-degree felonies.

According to police, the Hunters had been separated for months and Robert Hunter had just had divorce papers served on him that day. Hunter parked his truck one street away from McIntosh's house, walked to the home, broke a sliding glass door and went inside, police said.

Hunter allegedly had made threats in the past and at the time was carrying loaded 9 mm and .22-caliber handguns, according to police.

McIntosh shot Hunter almost immediately and Hunter left the house, only to be found later by police near his truck. He was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital.

Hunter has not yet been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail, according to its records. However, the district attorney's office has asked that Hunter's bail be set at $250,000 and that it be cash-only.


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