Christopher ‘Scott’ Bowman, 39, a father of two, was beaten and then shot right in front of his fiance and two young children. Bowman was responding to a craigslist ad about a ‘free puppy’.
His fiance, Chelsea Bowman told police that the man who offered the puppy came to drop it off at their house. In order to be nice, Bowman invited the man in for a drink. The man came in, took off his shoes, and apparently stayed for a long time.
At that point, the man became drunk. He waited for Bowman to come out of the bathroom before he proceeded to bludgeon him to death in his own house.
The Daily Mail reports:
As the evening went on, Chelsea and Scott began dropping hints that it was getting late and that their children had to go to bed, but the fiancee says the man refused to leave.
According to the woman, when Scott went to use the restroom, the unwelcome guest, whom she described as ‘very, very volatile’ and drunk, waited for him to come out, then proceeded to beat him.
Chelsea says her young daughter later told her how she witnessed the unhinged dog owner put a gun to her father’s head, but Bowman managed to wrestle the firearm from his hand and shot him in the arm.
According to Chelsea, Scott then tried to run away but the other man fatally shot him in the chest.
‘Kinley was going, “You shot my dad! You shot my dad!”‘ the mother-of-two said, adding that she then told her children to run for help while she stayed with her mortally wounded fiance and tried to get him to wake up.
Neighbor Julie Wood tells Fox 13 she heard Bowman’s children pounding on her door and crying for help.
‘They were just terrified and just kept repeating, “My dad, there’s blood everywhere,”’ she says.
When sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, they were met by a man outside the Bowmans’ home who told them that he was involved in the shooting.
The suspect was taken in for questioning, along with Chelsea Bowman and her children.
She says while they were being interviewed at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, they could hear Scott’s suspected killer banging on the walls, screaming obscenities and behaving like a ‘maniac,’ so much so that officers eventually had them relocated to another room so they would not have to hear his ravings.
The sheriff’s office released a brief statement to the Daily Mail Monday afternoon saying, in part: ‘The individuals involved with this shooting have been identified by police. The investigation is active and ongoing.’