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Spring Hill Man Charged in Fatal Shooting During “Drug Deal Gone Bad”

BROOKSVILLE – An arrest has been made in the shooting death of 21-year-old De’Aundre Roberts, after Police say a drug deal gone bad led to shots being fired behind a popular Brooksville restaurant last January.

According Brooksville Police, the events that led up to Roberts’ death began a few days earlier at Arland Car Wash located at 13489 Cortez Blvd. That’s where Police say 24-year-old Anthony Borzell approached co-worker, Abraham Dowdell IV about setting up a drug transaction. Dowdell agreed and set up a meeting for Borzell with Roberts and another associate, Napoleon Mason.

Just before 8:00 p.m. on January 23rd, Borzell pulled into a dark parking lot behind Coney Island Drive Inn. A short time later, Mason and Roberts arrived, and pulled up next to Borzell’s car. Borzell exited his vehicle and entered the front passenger seat of Mason’s vehicle, who was sitting in the driver’s seat.

Police say Borzell planned to sell 3 lbs. of marijuana for $8,000 and that Roberts and Mason intended to rob Borzell.

A violent altercation ensued inside the vehicle, say Police, and that’s when both sides armed themselves with handguns. Borzell exited the vehicle and opened fire with a 9mm handgun, striking Mason’s vehicle 11-times and Roberts one time in the back.

Officials say Mason drove to a location on Shayne Street before transporting Roberts to Bayfront Health Brooksville on Cortez Blvd, where he later died.

The marijuana and firearm that were inside Mason’s vehicle have not been located.

Brooksville Police Chief George Turner says, “It has been a difficult case because people were not being honest with us. It was a lot of hard work by the entire department.”

Turner advised that case evidence has been forwarded the State Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be filed against Mason and or Dowdell IV.

It should be noted that Dowdell is the son of Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, Abraham Dowdell Sr.

Borzell is charged with third degree murder, discharging a firearm into a vehicle, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He is currently held on a $37,000 bond.

We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • Shouldn’t be trying to run off with someones $8000. Drug money or not. Black white Asian whatever. You rolling the dice trying to steal from somebody because you don’t know who’s going to just let that shit slide. Go get your own money. I feel indifferent.
    They tried to put the shooter and victim in positions where the “victim” Didn’t do nothing. Only thing worse than an actual peace of shit is a piece of shit who gets away with being one playing the victim card. Everybody is getting/got what’s coming. All idiots.

    Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 9:32 am
  • Never knew how Brooksville was until now , someone lost there life who cares if it’s over drugs these adults are young , and yet this didn’t have to happen ,and leave racism in the past ……. It’s 2000 now not the 1900…..

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 11:03 pm
  • On another note. This kid’s father is a heck of a person. Nothing bad to say about him. His son just had issues that he couldn’t fix.

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 3:16 pm
  • Let’s not play stupid here, they knew from day one who the shooter was. Why do you think there was no attest?. What people do is not my business, however injustices are. Stay with your heads in the same. It only gets worse.

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 3:13 pm
  • Please let’s play nice in the sand box! It gets smaller each day! Love and peace not war!

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 12:37 pm
  • “It should be noted”???? WHY?

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 11:45 am
  • This by far is the most racist post I have ever seen in my life. With all the pictures of the black victim, you choose to post the one of him not in a good light, shame on you Tom. You are beginning to look more and more like part of the problem. I knew of the shooter way before this, and he had been selling drugs for a very long time. He could have walked away, but instead he decided to after leaving the car, turn around and shoot the victim. He could have just got in his car and left. It’s always the same narrative. Show blacks in a bad light, and show whites as angels. The time is near. The chickens had come home to roost.

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 11:33 am
    • Why didn’t you advise police of all you knew! It could have been averted! Another person wants to complain after the fact when they may have been able to help stop it! Maybe you should interview and give them more information. Help Our Community

      Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 12:32 pm
    • Dont eat all them chickens 🐔🐔🐔🐔.

      Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 1:36 pm
    • You just said you new of shooting just snitched on yourself….. The time is near what half passed the monkeys ass quater to his balls.. Ps been following Tom for long time not racist calls it like it is.

      Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 1:44 pm
    • i hope you dont expect us all to believe the you just said.And i dont care what color ANY OF THEM WERE .Whoever decided to rob the other person deserved what he got abd in my opinion both the wanna be gangsters who tried to rob him should have both ended up dead.You dont do stupid to someone and expect them to take it.Id took them both out no matter what color they were.

      Monday, 26 March 2018, 3:56 am
  • I will just act like I didn’t even see half of the racist comments on here.. the bottom line is someone lost their son, grandson, brother, friend & father over 3 pounds of marijuana. None of you know what made them do what they did that night. I bet none of you even knew Dre, the actual Dre, not what you think you know about him. He was a great person. EVERYONE has their flaws so please stop acting like you’re better. RIP Dre you will forever live on. We love you. LongLiveDrezzy 🙏🏼❤️

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 4:15 am
  • Coney Island is getting all the attention lately. Oh well, any advertising is good advertising. Enzo, stfu. You and bethy should go make a white trash/guido baby

    Monday, 12 March 2018, 10:13 pm
  • No great lost

    Monday, 12 March 2018, 8:21 pm
  • Why no mention of what the other 3 men’s parents do for a living? These men are in their twenties. Their parents have no relevance.

    Monday, 12 March 2018, 6:11 pm
    • Good question.

      Monday, 12 March 2018, 9:34 pm
  • Livin’ that glamorous thug life… no real loss here on either side.

    Monday, 12 March 2018, 5:22 pm
  • sparklin wigglers !! what shall weee do bethy 🙂

    Monday, 12 March 2018, 5:07 pm
  • We know dowdell will not be arrested since his daddy is a cop. However if you sleep with dogs you get fleas. The kid will slip up again.

    Monday, 12 March 2018, 5:01 pm
  • Deputy Dowdell’s wife is also Human Resources Director for the City of Brooksville. Very nice people. I cant understand why kids go so wrong even with the finest of upbringing.

    Monday, 12 March 2018, 5:00 pm
    • I believe it’s peer pressure. You can do your best to raise them right and all it takes is to befriend that ONE wrong person and your child can change in the blink of an eye. Now these kids with attitude troubles are walking around armed with semi automatic weapons. Sadly this will just continue to happen. I feel sorry for the parents involved here.

      Monday, 12 March 2018, 6:15 pm
      • I so agree with WTFudge!

        Monday, 12 March 2018, 7:27 pm
      • you call them kids and in other stories a I even see people calling adults babies. Lets not be ridiculous. These are grown adults. The one is nearly a quarter century old. They made terrible decisions in their adult life and now must face adult consequences and in an adult correctional facility. Also maybe the parents were involved, just not in a positive way. Youll see the average parent spouting off like they are some great parent but have meds, tv, and video games as their babysitter while they slam down some meds themselves and a 6 pack as well. Call me out on it but its true. Ive seen some amazing parents in this county but less than more in the big picture. This story does open up some peoples eyes though, You can see in between us walks a bunch of wanna bees and they are armed and apparently dont care about human life. Something to let sink in. I doubt this was their first bad decision in wanting to be a gangster. .

        Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 6:55 am
    • Just because they have good jobs doesn’t mean they don’t have skeletons. They’re human. And that deputy was a WELL KNOWN male stripper before he became a deputy. Kind of hard to escape a past like that in a city like this. Kinda embarrassing to be his JR.

      Monday, 12 March 2018, 10:32 pm

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