The 14-year-old grandson of Patricia Ann Shack has been arrested on an open count of murder in her March 5 shooting death.
Justin Andrae Shack Jr. was named as the suspect Tuesday afternoon. He is currently being held in a juvenile detention center because of his age.
The 65-year-old and the suspected shooter were sharing her home at 2880 Shack Circle, located near Cypress off Poplar Springs Road.
The teen had called authorities to report the shooting but said an intruder was responsible.
Investigators found a rifle in the home which had characteristics matching the bullet that was removed from the victim during her autopsy, and eventually they came to suspect that the caller was the person who fired it.
The first responding deputy found the victim on her bed with a gunshot to her head. Her home was processed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s mobile crime lab. Two .22 caliber rifles and a shotgun were recovered, along with over potential evidence.
As the investigation progressed, authorities said, investigators discovered discrepancies and inconsistencies in the suspect’s call to 911 and in his recollection of events as compared to evidence at the scene.
Those inconsistencies, the firearm evidence and witness statements led officials to obtain an arrest warrant for the teenager on March 18. He was picked up in Leon County, where he now lives, and was to make his first appearance before a judge there.
Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts and JCSO investigator Cheree Edwards, the primary case agent, said at a press conference Tuesday that the family is cooperating fully with the investigation even as they face a double dose of grief. “It’s a no-win, sad, sad situation” for them, Roberts said.
JCSO has been assisted in the case by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Office of the State Attorney 14th Circuit, the District 14 Medical Examiner’s Office, Jackson Correctional Institution, Florida Wildlife Commission and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.