Spurned advance leads to Thanksgiving Day shooting in Charlotte Co.
(BTLS Staff) PORT CHARLOTTE – A 63-year-old Port Charlotte man is facing an attempted murder charge stemming from a Thanksgiving night shooting at a Charlotte Harbor apartment complex.
Rickey Edward Hill was booked into the Charlotte County Jail where he is being held without bond.
According to a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office report the suspect attempted to kill a 26-year-old female neighbor after she spurned his sexual advances. The victim told investigators that she went to Hill’s apartment to ‘hang out.’
She was lying on a bed when the suspect began his advances. When she got up and attempted to leave the room Hill was holding a pillow and a handgun the report states. The victim claims the suspect put the pillow over the weapon and fired.
She sustained a non-life-threatening injury and despite being injured she managed to get the weapon away from him. During the struggle another round was discharged into a wall. The victim then fled to her apartment where she called a friend to take her to the hospital.
She was treated at Bayfront Memorial Hospital just before 11:30 pm as deputies were dispatched to the facility. When detectives attempted to speak with Hill at his residence they could see him on the floor covered in blood.
The complex manager opened the door for emergency service personnel in order for the suspect to receive medical attention. Hill suffered numerous cuts and wounds on his face, body and arms during the incident. He was airlifted by helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.
On Friday investigators obtained a search warrant for Hills apartment. The located a pillow with a hole it and other evidence that a shooting had occurred.
After the suspect was released from the hospital he was taken into custody.
Detectives believe Hill used the pillow to muffle the shot with the intent of killing the victim. The report states the injuries the suspect incurred were self-inflicted.
This is not Hill’s first brush with law enforcement in Charlotte County. He was arrested last month for fleeing the scene of a crash.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.