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Woman Fatally Shot during Robbery; She and Her Fiance Were Approached by Someone Demanding Valuables

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woman Fatally Shot during Robbery; She and Her Fiance Were Approached by Someone Demanding Valuables

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An Ormond Beach woman was fatally shot Friday afternoon when she and her fiance stopped to talk to a motorist she recognized parked along Florida 26 in Putnam County, police said.

Summer J. Smith, 36, was pronounced dead after being flown by helicopter to a Gainesville trauma center, said Maj. Gary Bowling of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Bowling said Smith's fiance, Clint Horvatt of Bostwick, told deputies Smith told him to stop after recognizing a parked pickup truck just north of Melrose near Swan Lake Camp. Horvatt said a man exited the passenger side of the truck, approached the passenger side of Horvatt's vehicle and demanded valuables. Smith was shot in the head as she and Horvatt complied, Bowling said.

Police are looking for a small, maroon-red pickup truck from the late 1980s or early '90s that is missing its tailgate and has a bent-down rear bumper, Bowling said.

"Anybody who traveled State Road 26 [Friday] about 2:50, it would be beneficial if they could ... come forward and tell us what they remember," Bowling said.

Bowling asked that anyone with information call Putnam County Detective John Merchant at (386) 329-0800.

Paul Pinkham

WOMAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOT

An elderly Jacksonville woman was accidentally shot in the leg at a Springfield grocery after a man in line with her dropped a gun while trying to pay for his groceries.

Flossie Mae Bell, 70, told police she was waiting to cash out Friday afternoon at the Springfield Superette, 1701 Pearl St., when the man in front of her dropped a leather pouch and she felt a pain in her leg. The cashier said he heard a loud pop like a firecracker.

Bell said she realized after leaning over that she had been shot, according to a police report. She was treated at Shands Jacksonville hospital, police said.

Police arrested Woodrow Monlyn Jr., 67, on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm. He remained in jail Saturday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Monlyn told police he got the . …

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