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Tampa man arrested in fatal shooting of boarding house owner

Rhine Anthony Dunbar faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of William Bruce Koening.
Rhine Anthony Dunbar faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of a man who was shot in the chest at a boarding house located in the 9400 block of North 46th Street around 4:17 a.m. Saturday, the Tampa Police Department said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.
Rhine Anthony Dunbar faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of a man who was shot in the chest at a boarding house located in the 9400 block of North 46th Street around 4:17 a.m. Saturday, the Tampa Police Department said in a news release Tuesday afternoon. [ Photo provided / Tampa Police Department ]
Published Oct. 12
Updated Oct. 13

A 48-year-old Tampa man has been arrested after police say he fatally shot the owner of a boarding house early Saturday morning.

Rhine Anthony Dunbar faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of William Bruce Koening, a 59-year-old man who was shot in the chest at a boarding house located at 9405 North 46th Street around 4:17 a.m., according to an arrest affidavit.

One of the boarding home residents called 911 to report the shooting, and when officers arrived they found Koening lying in the driveway, the Tampa Police Department said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

Tampa Fire and Rescue took Koening to Tampa General Hospital, where he later died, the release said.

Detectives interviewed five people who rented rooms at the boarding house, each of whom had witnessed part of the incident, the affidavit said.

The witnesses told detectives that the shooter was a man known as Choppo who regularly visited the home and sometimes slept on the living room couch.

On the night Koening was shot, Choppo went to the liquor store, returned with a bottle of liquor and tried to convince residents to “party” with him, but instead the five went to their respective rooms for the night, according to the affidavit.

Koening stayed in the living room with Choppo, but later he went into his bedroom and closed the door, the residents said. They told detectives they heard Choppo pacing up and down the hallway that led to Koening’s bedroom while yelling for him, and then they heard what sounded like a door being forced open. followed by three gunshots.

The witnesses said Choppo ran out the front door, and one resident said they saw Choppo carrying a pistol in his right hand, the affidavit said.

Koening was bleeding from a chest wound and struggling to breath as he got up and stumbled into the living room and made his way out of the house before collapsing on the driveway, according to witnesses.

Based on the witnesses’ descriptions of Choppo and surveillance video from the liquor store, detectives searched police databases and identified Rhine Dunbar as a possible match.

One of the witnesses picked Dunbar’s photo out of a photo lineup, and another resident who said he spoke with Choppo a few times a week identified that photo as Choppo, according to the affidavit.

Dunbar was taken into custody at a residence located on Cardinal Drive in Temple Terrace around 1:40 p.m. Monday, according to police. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.