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Father Fatally Shoots Man During Custody Exchange At Florida Apartment Building, Police Say

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Source: Winter Haven Police Department; UNSPLASH

May 10 2022, Published 8:31 a.m. ET

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A Florida father is in custody after he allegedly ran after a man and fatally shot him while picking up his children, police said.

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Around 11 a.m. on May 7, officers responding to the Abbey Lane Apartments in Winter Haven found a wounded man lying on the ground outside, WTSP reported.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital, where he died from his gunshot injuries, police said.

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At the scene, officers said they spoke with Christopher Hill, Jr., 28, who claimed he was at the apartment building to pick up his children from his ex-girlfriend, their mother, when he and the man got into a fight.

Hill allegedly claimed he was in fear for his life, but witnesses reported Hill was armed with a handgun and firing at the victim while chasing him, police said.

The shooting suspect was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He was being held without bond at the Polk County jail.


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