Man arrested in deadly shooting near Apopka

Travone Jermal Simmons accused of shooting Deantae Holmes

Travone Jermal Simmons
Travone Jermal Simmons (WKMG 2020)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County deputies arrested 19-year-old Travone Jermal Simmons who is accused of shooting and killing a man near Apopka Sunday.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Simmons fatally shot 26-year-old Deantae Holmes around 11:30 p.m. on East 17th Street off Old Apopka Road.

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Records show were both men were hanging outside in the home’s garage eating fast food with two women when Holmes’ girlfriend woke up from a nap and got upset that her boyfriend was talking to another woman.

The girlfriend said she confronted Holmes and the two began yelling and pushing each other and at some point she grabbed a brick, according to the report.

Deputies said Simmons left the garage and retrieved an AR-style rifle and when he returned, he and another man tried to break up the argument between Holmes and his girlfriend.

Holmes was turned away when Simmons shot him multiple times in the back, records show. Holmes is then accused of pushing Holmes’ body and taking a gun from him before fleeing the scene.

“Travone raised his rifle towards Deontae as his back was turned to him and fired multiple shots at him killing him. At no point do you see Travone and Deontae pushing each other or fighting,” the affidavit read.

Simmons was arrested Thursday on a first-degree murder charge and booked into the Orange County Jail.

The 26-year-old was taken to a hospital, where he died.