Florida Dad Shoots and Kills Daughter’s Abusive Ex-Boyfriend
A Florida dad shot his daughter’s abusive ex-boyfriend dead after the man allegedly battered her in her apartment and then came back later for round two, according to police.
On Saturday, around 9:30 p.m., Gainesville police officers responded to a domestic dispute in the 2300 block of Williston Road at the Polos Apartments complex. Officers determined the victim’s ex-boyfriend had been inside the woman’s apartment and committed a domestic battery, a police statement said. The suspect fled the area before police arrived.
Officers left the scene and started a search for the man, and the victim’s father also came to the apartment in the aftermath of the battery, police said.
About 30 minutes after police took a report for the alleged domestic dispute, the ex-boyfriend came back and “made entry,” according to police.
This time, however, her father was there and shot the suspect once in the chest with a handgun.
The suspect fled the apartment, and responding officers found him mortally wounded near his car. He was declared dead by EMS despite CPR efforts, authorities said.
The investigation is ongoing, according to the Gainesville Police Department.
Residents of the apartment complex expressed shock over the shooting to local media.
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“Everyone I speak to here is so nice,” one resident identified only as “Cona,” told WCJB. “I come, and I work out here every day, and everyone I interact with is so genuine and kind, so it was one of those things where it’s definitely out of the blue.”
Resident Dalton Graham said the area is generally safe, noting the complex is near the University of Florida campus.
“I thought that you had the wrong Polos or something,” Graham told the outlet. “I have nothing but good things to say about the university and the city in general, and especially the Polos Apartments. Never really had anything like this, so it was pretty shocking.”
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