78-year-old arrested after Florida neighbor shot and killed while trimming trees

19:24 18.09.2023 - NBC News

A Florida man accused of fatally shooting a neighbor who was trimming trees along the property line has been arrested on a murder charge, authorities said Monday.

Edward S. Druzolowski, 78, threatened to shoot his neighbor, Brian J. Ford, 42, who he said was on his property Sunday in DeLeon Springs, Fla., while "trimming tree limbs along the fence line," the Volusia Sheriff's Office'ssaid in a statement posted on social media.

"Druzolowski told detectives he threatened to shoot Ford, and when Ford didn't leave, he shot him," the statement said.

Ford died at the scene, the sheriff's office said.

Officials said deputies responded to two 911 calls reporting the shooting about 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

It was not immediately clear Monday afternoon if Druzolowski had an attorney.

Druzolowski was booked into Volusia County Branch Jail and is being held without bond pending his first court appearance, according to the sheriff's office.

DeLeon Springs is about 55 miles north of Orlando.

/ Monday, September 18, 2023, 7:24 PM /

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Florida man, 78, guns down neighbor for trimming trees over property line: cops

A 78-year-old Florida man has been arrested after authorites said he shot and killed his neighbor for trimming trees over their shared property line.

Edward Druzolowski, from DeLeon Springs, was booked into the Volusia County Jail Sunday night on a charge of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 42-year-old Brian Ford.

Ford was trimming tree limbs along the fence line between 1880 and 1890 Alameda Drive when Druzolowski confronted him about being on his property, the sheriff's office said.


Deputies who responded to the scene of the shooting after receiving two 911 calls after 7 p.m. Sunday tried to revive Ford, before paramedics arrived and took over the lifesaving efforts.

The victim could not be saved and died on the spot, the sheriff's office reported.

Druzolowski was being held without bond pending his initial court appearance set for Monday afternoon.

A charge of second-degree murder in Florida is punishable by a minimum of 16 and a half years and a maximum of life in prison.

It is unclear if Druzolowski would invoke Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which justifies the use of lethal force in self-defense.

Florida man shoots, kills neighbor who was trimming trees over property line, officials say

A 78-year-old Florida man is in custody after allegedly shooting and killing a neighbor who was trimming trees over his property line, authorities said.

Edward Druzolowski, 78, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 42-year-old Brian Ford, the Volusia Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

On Sunday night the sheriff's office received multiple calls regarding a shooting in DeLeon Springs, which is about 45 miles north or Orlando. ..... 

Responding deputies attempted life-saving measures as they waited for EMS to arrive, but Ford was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Druzolowski is currently being held without bond as he awaits his first court appearance, police said.

Property line dispute leads to fatal shooting in Florida

In a shocking incident in DeLeon Springs, Florida, a 78-year-old man has been arrested for the murder of his neighbor. Edward Druzolowski allegedly shot and killed 42-year-old Brian Ford after a dispute over trimming trees along their shared property line. The incident occurred on Sunday evening, and Druzolowski was taken into custody and booked into the Volusia County Jail on a charge of second-degree murder.

 ..... The confrontation escalated, with Druzolowski reportedly threatening to shoot Ford. When Ford did not leave, Druzolowski followed through on his threat and shot him. Authorities received two 911 calls reporting the shooting, and deputies arrived at the scene to find Ford in critical condition.

Deputies attempted to revive Ford while waiting for paramedics, but unfortunately, their efforts were in vain, and Ford succumbed to his injuries. The sheriff's office confirmed that he died at the scene. This tragic incident has left the community in shock and mourning the loss of their neighbor.

As Druzolowski awaits his court appearance, he remains in custody without bond. ..... 

The motive behind the shooting remains unknown, and investigators are working to gather more information about the incident. The community will undoubtedly be looking for answers as they process this senseless act of violence.

DeLeon Springs, a small town located approximately 55 miles north of Orlando, is now grappling with the aftermath of this tragedy. The loss of Brian Ford has left a void in the community, and residents are coming together to support each other during this difficult time.

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