According to witnesses, 33-year-old Christopher Pequeen and his girlfriend had recently moved into an apartment with another male-female couple. The male roommate told detectives Pequeen and his girlfriend were arguing earlier Sunday morning, and the girlfriend came into the second couple's bedroom and said she wanted to obtain a restraining order against Pequeen, saying “she was scared that Pequeen was going to kill her and that he had held his hand over her nose and mouth so that she could not breathe.”
The male roommate said Pequeen then came into the bedroom and pointed a gun at all three of them. The roommate said Pequeen struck the other woman in the face with a handgun, then shot his girlfriend multiple times, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The other woman tried to shield the girlfriend, and she was also shot by Pequeen, the roommate said.
The roommate said Pequeen then pointed the gun at him and took their cellphones. The two roommates ran to neighbor's apartment and called 911. The female roommate and Pequeen's girlfriend were hospitalized, where the girlfriend was pronounced dead. The female roommate was listed in stable condition Monday, according to deputies.
Sheriff's deputies said Pequeen ran from the scene and tried to discard the cellphones and hide the gun. Deputies caught and arrested Pequeen. He was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of first-degree murder; attempted murder; shooting into a building; tampering; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; robbery; resisting arrest; and battery of a police dog.