Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Little information released in shooting death of 28-year-old man in Spring Hill

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SPRING HILL — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old Justin Artt shot and killed 28-year-old Mitchell Ingle at about midnight Monday at a house at 5337 Freeport Drive.

Other than those basic facts, however, authorities on Tuesday disclosed little information.

They would not explain what might have prompted the shooting, nor the relationship between Artt and Ingle.

No charges had been filed. Investigators said they were working closely with the State Attorney's Office to determine "the next course of action."

All of the people involved, including Artt, were being interviewed, and sheriff's spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Celt said everyone had given similar accounts and that authorities had a good idea of what happened.

"There is no danger to the surrounding community," a Sheriff's Office news release stated.

Both Artt and Ingle have criminal records.

Artt was arrested in Hernando in November 2011 on a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon. He has previous arrests in Pasco and Hernando, including driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and soliciting a prostitute.

Ingle was arrested on numerous occasions in Hernando County on charges including possession of drugs, aggravated battery and carrying a concealed weapon. He was most recently arrested in May on a shoplifting charge.

Annette Myers, 40, lives a couple of houses away from the home where the shooting occurred. She said she didn't hear any shots and, like many neighbors, was just beginning to piece together what happened Tuesday morning.

A resident in the neighborhood since 2001, Myers said the shooting was highly unusual and that neighbors are friendly and cordial with each other.

"It's a quiet little spot," she said. "It's very, very alarming."

She said several children live in the neighborhood and play in the street.

Property records show that the house at 5337 Freeport is owned by Douglas Dallio of Wesley Chapel. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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