Alachua County Man Arrested for Allegedly Shooting Neighbor to Death
Published April 1st, 2014
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. -- A confrontation between two neighbors in northwest Alachua County Monday afternoon led to the death of one man, and the arrest of the other.
Alachua County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Randall Jeffrey Smith, 54, on a charge of second degree murder after they say he shot to death his neighbor -- 47-year-old Michael Joseph Carreiro -- who according to neighbors ran his own home repair business.
Last August, court records show Smith filed an injunction for protection from Carreiro. The injunction was turned down by the judge that same day.
Residents who live near the home on Millhopper Road say they heard multiple gunshots ring out around the time the shooting took place.
"I heard 4 or 5 gunshots," said Debora Bell, who was sitting outside when she heard gunshots being fired in rapid succession. "It almost sounded like a BB gun, you know, how you can shoot a BB gun very quickly," she said.
Deputies say Carreiro was found laying in the road, just feet away from his driveway when they arrived. He was later pronounced dead on-scene.
As of earlier in the day on Monday, deputies say Smith was cooperating with investigators. ASO is expected to release more details surrounding Smith's arrest on Tuesday.
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