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Woman who shot, killed man in Palm Harbor is identified

PALM HARBOR — Authorities on Thursday identified the woman who fatally shot a 66-year-old man at a Palm Harbor home Wednesday afternoon.

Raquel Pagan, 58, shot Eduardo Quesada in the torso around 3:30 p.m. at Quesada's home at 4002 Poinciana Court, which is near Tampa Road and just east of U.S. 19, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Pagan and Quesada were involved in an "on again, off again" relationship for the last seven years and once lived together, but Pagan had recently moved out of the home in the Strathmore Gate West subdivision, investigators said.

On Thursday, Pagan was at the house and the two began arguing, in part, over Quesada's desire for her to move back in with him, deputies said.

During the altercation, Quesada brought out a .357 revolver, according to Pagan. She somehow got hold of the weapon and shot Quesada, the Sheriff's Office said. The gun was recovered at the scene.

Quesada was taken by ambulance to Mease Countryside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 4:15 p.m.

Pagan has not been charged.

Sheriff's officials stopped short of characterizing the incident as self-defense, but said their investigation is ongoing.

Some neighbors at the complex said they had heard frequent arguments from the couple in the past.

In 1996, Pagan pleaded guilty to a charge of child abuse in Hillsborough County but adjudication was withheld, meaning she was not formally convicted, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. She has no other arrests in Florida, FDLE records show.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report. Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Woman who shot, killed man in Palm Harbor is identified 08/25/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2011 8:08pm]
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