Man fatally shoots roommate’s friend through door after being locked out, police say

70-year-old man charged with second-degree murder

David Ellis Jr. in a June 2020 mugshot.
David Ellis Jr. in a June 2020 mugshot. (Volusia County Jail)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A 70-year-old man who was upset that his roommate locked him out during an argument fired a bullet through the door, killing his roommate’s friend, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Police said David Ellis Jr. got into a fight with his roommate Tyrone English at their home on North Franklin Street at about 5:20 p.m. Friday and was locked out, so he fired a shot from the backyard that went through the back door and hit the 28-year-old as he was in the back room.

According to the arrest report, prior to the shooting Ellis had locked English and his roommate out of the house. The report is redacted and it’s unclear what transpired prior to Ellis locking out his roommate and the friend.

English told Ellis he had his identification card and was attempting to give it to him through the door, the roommate told police. Ellis opened the door and punched the English in the face, a scuffle followed and Ellis fell on the ground outside the home, police said. The victim and the roommate then went inside the house and locked Ellis out, according to the report.

The roommate said he heard a gunshot from the back door and saw English fall to the ground. Police detectives said they saw one bullet hole in the back door of the home.

English died shortly after arriving at Halifax Hospital around 6 p.m.

Ellis and the semi-automatic handgun he used in the shooting were both located at the scene, according to the report.

Ellis is charged with second-degree murder.

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