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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