Police chief defends force over man who killed his girlfriend and wounded five others

Fourth Estate Staff

Sanford, FL, United States (4E) – The police chief in Sanford said in a statement he and his team could not have prevented the man killing his girlfriend and injuring five others including his two sons.

According to reports, the couple argued over property. The man then shot his girlfriend dead and injured his two young sons, the boys’ grandfather, and two bystanders. The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Allen Cashe, who was taken into custody after the shootings.

The shootings took place at around 6:30 A.M. and the argument reportedly started at around 3:30 A.M. The deceased victim, Latina Herring, approached officers during that time and told them that Cashe had the keys to her home and he would not give them back to her. As per further investigation, they found out Herring had the keys to Cashe’s vehicle. They then exchanged keys at a gas station and police left.

Twenty minutes later, police received a call about a battery on a woman and that the woman was holding a gun. Police was able to determine the call was about Cashe and Herring so they went to the home of Cashe. Officers did not find any weapon in the home of Cashe or in his car.

Cashe prepared to leave their home and Herring came out with a bag of her boyfriend’s belongings, which Cashe refused to take. Herring gave it to officers and when they examined it, they found a Glock 22 handgun with ammunition.

Three hours after, while police were patrolling the area, they heard gunshots. They went inside a home on Hays Drive and found the grandfather of the kids yelling for help. Herring was also found dead from gunshot wounds. Her children, seven and eight years old, were also wounded. Minutes later, they found 43-year-old Lazaro Paredesquelite wounded at the baseball fields at Cedar Creek and 18-year-old Rakeya Jackson, also wounded, at the Central Florida Regional Hospital. Jackson said she was waiting for a bus when Cashe shot her while he fled.

Cashe was later apprehended. He is charged with one count of first degree murder and four counts of attempted first degree premeditated homicide, one count of second degree attempted homicide, one count of felon with a firearm and one count of violation of parole. The details about the parole conditions were not revealed.

Chief Cecil Smith said in a statement, “There are no words to describe this morning’s scene. I am just proud my officers were able to take him off the streets before he could take any more lives.”

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