‘He’s dead now:’ Man fatally shoots father in Winter Haven garage, calls 911, deputies say

Kyle Raemisch, 21, told 911 operator his father was trying to kill him over money

Kyle Raemisch, 21, is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with his father's death, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday after fatally shooting his father in their Winter Haven home and then calling 911 to report it, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Kyle Raemisch is facing a first-degree murder charge after confessing on July 31 to killing his father, later identified as Christopher Raemisch.

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Deputies were alerted to the shooting just after 10 a.m. when a neighbor and the suspect himself phoned 911.


“My dad was trying to kill me... with the money,” Kyle Raemisch told the 911 operator.

When she asked how he was trying to kill the suspect with money, he replied, “You’ll see how later.”

The dispatcher can then be heard asking where Kyle Raemisch’s father was.

“He’s dead now... I shot him,” he said.

A neighbor also called 911 in reference to the suspect shooting the gun in the garage after hearing at least nine shots fired.


Upon arrival, deputies said they found the victim dead in the garage and located a semiautomatic handgun on one of the shelves.

According to deputies, the victim was lying on his side with multiple gunshots throughout his body. The garage door and surfboard directly behind the victim were also riddled with bullet holes.

In a message posted on Facebook Sunday afternoon, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the suspect would be “going to prison for a very long time for murdering a family member.”

Kyle Raemisch is currently booked in Polk County jail.

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