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Florida woman shoots, kills man after breakup, police say

Katherine Jean Tonner arrested in Gainesville on murder charge

Katherine Tonner.
Katherine Tonner.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 24-year-old Florida woman fatally shot her former boyfriend a week after breaking up with him, police said.

A roommate of Katherine Jean Tonner on Monday found the body of 26-year-old Jose Ricardo Ortiz III in their apartment. A police report said Ortiz had been living in Tonner's apartment.

The Gainesville Sun reports that Tonner's roommate told police that he was in a third-floor bedroom when he heard three loud bangs on the second floor. Five minutes later, he heard a fire alarm. He went downstairs, smelled something burning and saw Tonner's car driving away, then saw Ortiz face down near the bed.

He called 911.

Tonner called dispatchers a short time later from her parents' house and said she had shot someone.

She's charged with murder. Records don't list a lawyer.