A Ketchum man said he feels lucky to be alive after his one-time, live-in girlfriend fired two shots at him but missed as he showered on Wednesday morning.
Almost a week after kicking Deborah Reimer out of his home, long-time Ketchum resident Bob Dreyer, said the couple's four-year-long relationship had soured because of her intense jealousy¾a jealousy that almost became a fatal attraction in a quiet, leafy Ketchum neighborhood.
"She shot through the shower curtain," a seemingly relaxed Dreyer, 59, said on Thursday, during an interview at his Glade Court home. "I thought I was dead."
Dressed in shorts, flip-flops and a print shirt, Dreyer sat at his dining room table and recalled what happened with a woman he said he had tried to break up with.
Dreyer said he had just gotten in the shower about 8:30 a.m.
"I heard an unbelievable explosion around my body," he said.
He said he thought the house had blown up.
"My second reaction was that Deborah had shot me," he said. "I looked down to see if there was a bullet hole in me, and there wasn't. The police say I'm the luckiest man alive¾it's impossible that she missed."
Dreyer said that after the shots he saw Reimer's shadow on the other side of the shower curtain, which he opened as she turned and ran out of the bathroom.
"She was running away inside the house, and I started to chase her but realized she had a gun and I didn't," he said.
Ketchum police say Reimer, 54, was armed with a handgun.
Dreyer said he ran after her for a few feet, but she disappeared around a hallway corner.
"I peeked around the corner to see if she was going to come back and finish the job," he said.
He ran downstairs and outside assuming Reimer was still in the house, which was being remodeled.
"I was buck-ass naked and yelled at the workers (outside) but they hadn't seen her," he said. "The workers heard two shots. I only heard one shot. I was so deafened by the first shot that I didn't hear the second one."
He asked one of the workers who had a cell phone to call police.
Dreyer said the house was locked, but Reimer had stolen a key. He had no comment when asked if he saw a gun in Reimer's hand.
"You can see it was a full-on intention to kill me," Dreyer said, as he later pointed out damaged shower tiles where the bullets struck.
He said police told him the view through a shower curtain is a little distorted. Ketchum police took the double curtain away.
Dreyer said he and Reimer met about four years ago at Chateau Drug in Ketchum where she worked and that they first bonded over a shared interest in horseback riding.
"It was problematic from the beginning," he said. "I was kind of warned by friends not to go out with her."
Dreyer said it soon became apparent that Reimer was "extremely jealous."
"She had a real dark side to her. She always suspected me (of infidelity)," he said, adding that she got into his computer and cell phone looking for signs of love gone awry.
Dreyer said Reimer told him last year that she had bought a 9 mm handgun and asked him for shooting lessons. He said he declined that request, but later found an electrical-equipment box on property he owns in Parker Gulch in Elkhorn damaged by 11 shots from a 9 mm gun. He said he reported the incident to the Blaine County Sheriff's Office at the time, but that the case was dropped after deputies interviewed Reimer.
In November 2006, he said he had Reimer evicted from his home with a court order. He said he allowed her to come back and stay earlier this summer when she told him she needed a place to stay for two days before she moved to California. He said two days turned into two months when Reimer kept coming up with reasons as to why she needed to stay longer. He said he finally evicted her again last Friday, July 13.
Asked if he loved her, Dreyer responded, "I'd say there was an attraction, but I told her we could never have a long-term relationship."
Dreyer said he had advised Reimer to seek professional help, but she didn't.
"She has some real rage issues," said the masters downhill skiing champion, as he rubbed his gray stubble of a beard. "I feel sorry for her. I'm a little mad at her. She did try and kill me."