CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. – A 20-year-old Citrus County woman has been arrested for shooting her uncle in the back in the back of the head, killing the man.
According to deputies, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Major Crimes detectives arrested 20-year-old Sammantha Danielle Driggers, of Beverly Hills, for second-degree murder.
“A family gathering to celebrate the holiday season should have been a time of happiness, but instead turned deadly in an instant,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “This act of violence has shocked our community and will affect this family forever. I am proud of the quick response of CCSO deputies and detectives that ensured this incident was isolated and the community was safe. Our thoughts go out to this family as they begin the long process of healing.”
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At approximately 2:45 p.m. Thursday, the CCSO Communications Center received a call in reference to a shooting that had just occurred on North Columbus Street in Beverly Hills.
Deputies were immediately dispatched to the scene, where inside the residence they located the victim, 44-year-old Matthew Charles Driggers, who had sustained a single gunshot wound.
Deputies attempted to render aid to Matthew until Citrus County Fire Rescue arrived on scene, at which time he was pronounced deceased.
Upon further investigation, deputies were able to locate and recover the firearm used during this incident. The preliminary investigation supported witness statements that the suspect, Sammantha, used the firearm to shoot her uncle, the victim.
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Sammantha, who was still inside the residence, was taken into custody and transported to CCSO’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for an interview and to collect additional forensics evidence.
Ultimately, Sammantha was placed under arrest and booked into the Citrus County Detention Facility. Sammantha Driggers is being held on a $500,000.00 bond.