OCKLAWAHA, Florida — She shot first and asked questions later.
A Florida woman has been charged with fatally shooting a man she thought had robbed her, only to discover she mistook him for someone else, police said.
The Marion County Sheriff’s office says Jennifer Hill, 41, pulled up alongside the victim, 39-year-old Michale Hofacker, as he walked along a road with a female friend in Ocklawaha and asked him his name.
When he said his name was “Mikey,” Hill allegedly opened fire, shooting him in the head, cops said. He died the next day at a local hospital.
Hill’s husband later told detectives that a man named Michael had confronted him and his wife with a gun three days earlier while they were looking for items that had been stolen from their home.
According to an affidavit, Hill at first said the man she shot had threatened her with a gun, but deputies said they found no evidence Hofacker was carrying a gun.
Witnesses told cops that Hill said she thought the man she shot was the Michael who had confronted her and her husband earlier, but when she looked at the wounded man after the shooting, she realized she had the wrong guy.
Hill was charged with second-degree murder and was held without bond.