Sheriff: Shooter ‘defending his home’

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

Mock said Capt. Brad Segree was on the scene with the team of officers. The sheriff said Page was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, and later questioned by Johnson as part of an investigation that included speaking separately with Mrs. Page as well as neighbors. Page was released later that night, and was not asked to submit to a blood draw, Johnson said.

Toxicology tests on Fasbenner’s blood were conducted as part of the Leon County medical examiner’s post-mortem examination in Tallahassee. Those results are expected in the next six to seven weeks.

The detective said Mrs. Page “could hear her son talking” but had not witnessed the shooting. He said there were no eyewitnesses, although several neighbors said they heard the two shots, and described them as being about 10 to 15 seconds apart.

Johnson said investigators have not recovered the bullet Page said he fired as a warning shot. No weapon or other criminal implement was found on Fasbenner.

Johnson said investigators looked into Page’s background, which includes a misdemeanor conviction for which he is on county probation, but no felony convictions which would bar him from possessing a firearm.

The detective said Page told him he wrote a letter to Fasbenner’s family, but whether it was sent was unclear. “He was crying,” said Johnson. “He’s remorseful, very remorseful. He’s still upset about that.”

Mock said he must act based on the law, not his personal thought or feelings, and that the law protects the right of Page to act as he did.

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