Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Public safety

New Port Richey man says he argued with his daughter's boyfriend over money before shooting him

NEW PORT RICHEY — The arguments centered on money, as they often do.

Jeffrey Ronald Davis, 44, told Pasco sheriff's deputies that his daughter's boyfriend wasn't helping out financially.

He lived with his 21-year-old daughter Samantha Davis and her 26-year-old boyfriend, Michael Davis (no relation), in a rented house on MacArthur Avenue.

A neighbor said they'd only been there about six weeks, but sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow said deputies had responded to several domestic incidents there.

Just before noon Wednesday, they responded to a shooting at the house and found the boyfriend with a bullet lodged in his body.

"I shot him," Jeffrey Davis told deputies, according to an incident report. "He came at me. I was defending myself."

He said he had been in his room with his Mini-14 rifle next to him after an argument. He locked the door and told Michael Davis he'd get shot if he entered the locked bedroom, the report states.

Michael Davis told deputies he was shot through the door. Jeffrey Davis said he shot the younger man as soon as the door was forced open, 4 or 5 feet away from him.

Jeffrey Davis called 911. Before that, he'd called his out-of-state son Geoffrey Davis, he told deputies.

Geoffrey Davis said his father warned that he was going to shoot Michael Davis, the report says. Then, Geoffrey Davis said, he heard gunshots on the other end.

The daughter wasn't home at the time.

Jeffrey Davis was charged with attempted second-degree murder and was being held without bail Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail. Michael Davis remained hospitalized in stable but serious condition, Snow said.

The report noted that one deputy who responded to the scene recognized Jeffrey Davis from a previous visit, when he said Michael Davis had punched him in the eye, but there was no sign of it.

Davis told deputies during that visit that he was going to kill his daughter's boyfriend and claim self-defense, according to the report. He had been previously accused of pointing a gun at Michael Davis' head.

The deputy warned him that if living arrangements didn't change soon, Davis could find himself charged with battery.

Clare Lennon can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6262. Twitter: @clarelennon

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