Sheriff: Shooter ‘defending his home’

277 Timothy Simmons Road

A view of the Page house at 277 Timothy Simmons Road.

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:29 AM.

The 24-year-old Apalachicola man who shot and killed an unarmed intruder onto his front yard last week, does not face arrest by the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Mike Mock on Monday morning informed relatives of his conclusion that Ronald Joseph Page, 24, would not be charged in the April 3 shooting death of Charles Thomas Wayne Fasbenner Jr. The 20-year-old had entered Page’s yard at 277 Timothy Simmons Road minutes before 9:45 p.m., when Page’s mother, JoAnna Page, called 911 to alert them that her son had shot a man.

Minutes later, Apalachicola Sgt. Wesley Creamer and Officer Ginger Creamer had arrived on the cul-de-sac, around a secluded curve off 25th Street, to find Fasbenner dying from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Emergency medical personnel did not transport the young man to the hospital, as he had expired despite their frantic effort to apply CPR.

The bewildering shock that a well-liked young man, a towering lineman on the Seahawk football team, regarded as a good friend by his classmates in the FCHS Class of 2012, was dead from what so far appears to have been a tragic series of miscommunications spread quickly throughout the county like torrential rain.

Bubba’s parents, Charles and Cindy Fasbenner, the grandparents who raised him, Buddy Wayne and Carolyn Butler, and Bubba’s sister, Heather Maxwell, anchored a benefit Monday in Eastpoint that will help the family defray the cost of Wednesday’s funeral at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Apalachicola. Burial was to follow in Magnolia Cemetery, next to Bubba’s brother, Darin Wallace, who died as an infant.

‘We want justice for our young man’

Dressed in civilian clothes, Mock came in person at the outset of the benefit, and spoke at length in his sports utility vehicle with Buddy Wayne Butler. The sheriff shared with Bubba’s grandfather the conclusions reached by he and the investigators, a team led by Detectives Brett Johnson and Duane Cook.

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