According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, on the morning of Oct. 5, 2020, deputies responded to the drive-thru of the BB&T bank branch on Pointe Loop Drive to a report of shots fired. In the parking lot, deputies located a 40-year-old deceased female in the driver’s seat of a white Jeep.
Investigators determined Tollard followed the victim in the drive-thru bank line and "trapped" her vehicle between his truck and a work van near the teller’s window. Officials obtained surveillance video from the bank that showed Tollard getting out of his truck and walking up to Zeigler to talk. He reportedly "fired three gunshots at her at close range," then walked to her passenger window and fired two more times.
Zeigler’s Jeep reportedly crashed into a light pole about 100 yards away. Tollard, with his gun in hand, went back into his truck in the drive-thru line and parked next to Zeigler’s Jeep. According to the state attorney’s office, after parking, he walked up to his ex-girlfriend and "fired several more rounds into her front windshield before driving away."
Two witnesses at the scene reportedly heard Tollard yell, "Who the [expletive] do you think you are? You can’t [expletive] do this to me."
Deputies apprehended Tollard near the scene at Jacaranda and Sklar drives. He reportedly had a semi-automatic gun, a magazine with eight rounds, and a pair of binoculars in his possession.
According to the state attorney’s office, Tollard and Zeigler had a "tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship" for around 18 months before the shooting. The victim had reportedly broken up with Tollard five days prior to her death.
Assistant State Attorney Karen Fraivillig said in a statement, "This is a case of a man who would not take no for an answer."