Homicide detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) have arrested a Winter Haven man for fatally shooting another person Saturday night after being detained by witnesses, a press release states.
The official report is as follows:
On October 21, 2023, at approximately 11:20 p.m., the HCSO Communications Center received a call about a shooting on the 5500 block of Deeson Road in Lakeland. The address falls within Hillsborough County lines. When deputies arrived, they located the suspect, Shannon Owens, 31, detained by several witnesses.
Through investigative means, homicide detectives determined that the victim arrived at the property, made verbal contact with Owens, and soon after, a gunshot was heard. Witnesses discovered the victim with an upper-body gunshot wound and Owens attempting to remove the body. The witnesses detained him until deputies arrived.
"I commend the work of our deputies and detectives who worked hard to determine what happened and hold the person responsible for this murder accountable," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
Shannon Owens now faces several charges, among them Second Degree Murder.
This is still an open and active investigation. Any new information will come from the Public Affairs Office.