A Florida man and his 11-year-old daughter were shot dead by their elderly neighbor after arguing over a dog.
According to the Port St. Lucie police department, 82-year-old Ronald Delcero shot Jay Hansman, 55, and his daughter Harper 11.
The police were called to the house where the father and daughter lived after Harper called 911 to inform his neighbor of the shooting inside. When the police arrived, I heard gunshots inside.
The officers then located Delserro inside the house. He was armed with two guns and was shooting inside and outside the house.
During the shooting, there were six people inside the house. Four fled, and Jay and Harper Hansman were killed.
The police exchanged fire with the suspect at the victims’ home. The SWAT team finally found the suspect dead. The manner in which he died is still under investigation.
Additional investigations revealed that animal control officers responded to the same neighborhood with reports of a woman being assaulted in the victims’ home by Delcero’s dog, Roxy.
The accident led to a serious dog hearing and Delserro was cited for failing to safely detain the dog. He was notified on the day of the shooting that his dog would be considered dangerous.