Leesburg man arrested after ‘accidentally’ fatally shooting girlfriend, deputies say

Boyfriend says victim startled him, causing him to shoot his firearm

LEESBURG, Fla. – A man was arrested Thursday after the suspect said he and his girlfriend were arguing and he “accidentally” discharged his firearm, fatally shooting her, according to investigators with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the home on Fillmore Avenue in Leesburg at 1:20 a.m., where they found the victim’s boyfriend, 33-year-old Renee Aviles.

Aviles said he and his girlfriend, later identified as Taci Hamby, were arguing earlier in the evening and after the fight, he went to bed to get some sleep.

He said he was in bed when Hamby “barged in” the room, which prompted him to grab his firearm and shoot, according to an arrest report.

Deputies said Aviles has prior military experience and had taken multiple medications before the fight.

Records show Aviles and Hamby have been in a relationship for five years and they do not have a history of domestic violence.

Around noon Thursday, Aviles was taken into custody on a manslaughter charge.

During his first appearance Friday morning a judge set Aviles’ bail at $30,000. His next hearing is set for March 9.

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