Police: Man broke into Palmetto home and shot former domestic partner. He faces murder charges

A Palmetto man has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of his former domestic partner, according to the Palmetto Police Department.

Officers were dispatched to a home on 17th Avenue West in Palmetto on Sunday around 1 a.m. after a 911 caller reported a possible assault and shooting taking place.

When they arrived, they found 41-year-old Stephanie McNabb inside. She had multiple gunshot wounds and was semi-conscious.

Manatee County EMS transported McNabb to Blake Medical Center, where she later died despite life-saving efforts.

Officers found four other adults and two children at the home, all of whom lived there. A 26-year-old man had a laceration to his head, but he did not require medical attention, according to the police department.

Investigators learned that the disturbance began shortly before 1 a.m. when Flozell Murrell III, 41, arrived at the home and forced his way in.

Investigators say that Murrell had previously been in a long-term domestic relationship with McNabb, but they were not currently in a relationship and he did not live at the home.

Once inside, police say that Murrell shot McNabb several times and then shot at the 26-year-old man. The two men then got in a physical struggle, but Murrell broke free and fled the scene.

Murrell was located within several hours of the incident and arrested. He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, burglary, assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

Ryan Ballogg covers arts, entertainment, dining, breaking and local news for the Bradenton Herald. He won first place for feature writing in the Florida Press Club’s 2018 Excellence in Journalism Competition. Ryan is a Florida native and graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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