Brooksville police charge Spring Hill man in fatal January shooting

Anthony J. Borzell, 24, of Spring Hill, faces charges of third degree murder, criminal solicitation and possession of a firearm while committing a felony. [Courtesy of Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
Anthony J. Borzell, 24, of Spring Hill, faces charges of third degree murder, criminal solicitation and possession of a firearm while committing a felony. [Courtesy of Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
Published March 12 2018
Updated March 12 2018

BROOKSVILLE — Police have charged a Spring Hill man in what they called a "drug deal gone bad" that resulted in the shooting death of a man at Coney Island Drive Inn downtown in January.

According to the Brooksville Police Department, Anthony J. Borzell shot a man while trying to sell him three pounds of marijuana behind the restaurant at 1112 E Jefferson St., just before 8 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Police said Borzell, 24, parked his car in a dark area behind the restaurant as it was closing for the night. Moments later, De’Aundre Roberts and Napoleon Mason arrived together, and Mason, who was driving, parked beside Borzell, police said.

Borzell got out of his vehicle and into the front passenger seat of the other vehicle, sitting directly in front of Roberts, who was in the rear passenger-side seat. Police said they believe the men intended to rob Borzell, who told police he planned to sell the drugs for $8,000.

"As the drug transaction turned to a robbery, a violent altercation ensued," police said Monday in a news release. It said the transaction was organized by Abraham Dowdell IV, who worked with Borzell at Arland Car Wash, 13489 Cortez Blvd.

When Borzell got out of the vehicle, police said, he pulled a 9mm handgun from his front pocket and shot Mason’s vehicle 11 times. One of the rounds struck Roberts in the back before all of the men fled the scene, police said.

Mason later made a stop on Shayne Street in south Brooksville, police said, before dropping Roberts off at Bayfront Health Brooksville, where he died later from his injuries. Police have not recovered the marijuana or firearm.

Borzell was arrested Monday on charges of third-degree murder, criminal solicitation and possession of a firearm while committing a felony. He was booked into the Hernando County jail, where he remained Monday with bail set at $37,000.

Charges against Mason and Dowdell have been forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for review, police said.

Contact Megan Reeves at [email protected] Follow @mareevs.

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