Saturday 22 July 2017

Florida man (83) shoots woman searching for her dog

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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An 83-year-old Florida man fatally shot a woman after her daughter and brother-in-law knocked on his front door while searching for a missing dog, police have said.

Manatee County Sheriff's officials said Eugene Matthews opened the door at about 7pm local time on Tuesday and started firing a handgun.

The bullets struck 64-year-old Rebecca Rawson who had stayed in the car parked outside.

She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Matthews was taken to the Manatee County Jail, where he remained without bond on Wednesday. Jail records do not list a lawyer.

Authorities say 62-year-old Rodney Rawson and 26-year-old Kathryn Rawson were looking for their dog when they went to Matthews's house.

Spokesman Dave Bristow said that no other injuries were reported.

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