Man killed, wife tied up in Winter Park home

Seminole County sheriff's deputies search for assailants

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WINTER PARK, Fla. – A man was shot and killed and his wife was tied up, according to neighbors, during an altercation with at least two assailants inside a Winter Park home, deputies said.

The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Friday in the 7000 block of Fieldcrest Avenue near Aloma Avenue and Howell Branch Road in the Goldenrod area.

According to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, a woman was awakened by arguing and fighting between her husband and at least two others. 

The duo ransacked the house and fired several shots, striking Stephen Beglare, 44, who was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, deputies said. He later succumbed to his injuries.

The woman, who was bound with zip ties, ran to a neighbor's house for help, witnesses said.  She was not injured.

Later, she was heard saying, "I thought I was going to die, my husband has been shot."

Investigators said the shooting was a targeted incident, but aren't sure if the attackers broke into the home or had been invited inside.  It's unclear if anything was stolen from the home.

A neighbor who didn't want to be identified told Local 6 the victim is an avid gambler.

"He just likes to brag about his gambling.  He likes to wear heavy jewelry, gold chains, big rings and stuff like that," he said.  "They're pretty eccentric.  He's a player ... his lifestyle is a bit unusual."

The neighbor also told Local 6 that Belgare had survived a gunshot wound in the past after being shot by robbers at a gas station.

A detailed description of the assailants has not been released.

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