Florida man, 33, ‘shot his girlfriend dead and wounded roommate who tried to shield her body after she said she wanted to get a restraining order against him’
- Christopher Pequeen, 33, is accused of killing his girlfriend in Bartow, Florida
- He also injured his girlfriend’s roommate, who survived the attack
- The victims were not named by the police
- Pequeen has previously been convicted of 18 felonies and 17 misdemeanors
- If convicted of murder, Pequeen could possibly face the death penalty
A Florida man allegedly shot his girlfriend dead, and wounded her roommate when she tried to shield her body from the bullets, following an argument on Sunday morning.
Christopher Pequeen, 33, was arrested and now faces a capital murder charge after the attack on the two women – who were not named by police.
Pequeen and his girlfriend lived in a duplex in Bartow, Polk County, with another couple, The Ledger reports.
Pequeen’s girlfriend reportedly told her roommate at 5am that she had argued with her boyfriend, and that he had covered her nose and mouth with his hand and cut off her breathing.
She reportedly said she was afraid he would kill her and she wanted a restraining order.
At 8am, Pequeen allegedly burst into the bedroom where his girlfriend and the other couple were talking, and immediately hit his girlfriend with a pistol.
Christopher Pequeen, 33, was arrested and charged with murder, along with several other counts after allegedly killing his girlfriend on Sunday morning
He then proceeded to shoot his girlfriend in the chest while she was sitting on the bed, knocking her backwards, per the police affidavit.
Pequeen then allegedly shot the female roommate as she attempted to shield the woman from harm, before shooting his girlfriend twice more.
Pequeen is then said to have threatened the male roommate and had him turn over everyone’s cell phones – before the couple managed to escape and seek help.
Both women were taken to the hospital after running to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
According to NBC News, the girlfriend died at the hospital, while the roommate survived and was listed in stable condition.
Pequeen took off from the scene and allegedly attempted to bury the gun and dispose of the cell phones before the K-9 unit reached him, with the dogs injuring the suspect.
If convicted of murder, Pequeen could possibly face life in prison or the death penalty
Pequeen was arrested on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, tampering with physical evidence in a capital felony, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, shooting into a building, and touching or hitting a police dog.
‘This is an example of how horrific domestic violence can become,’ Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement obtained by NBC News.
‘Christopher Pequeen is a coward and a murderer.’
Pequeen has previously racked up 18 felony charges and 17 misdemeanor charges. Under Florida law, he likely wasn’t allowed to own a firearm.
Pequeen was being held in the Polk County Jail as of Monday afternoon. He could face the death penalty if he is convicted of murder.