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May 24, 2017 7:35 pm

Andrew Gant
Public Information Office

HUNTER INDICTED ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE, HUNTING VIOLATION IN 2016 SHOOTING INCIDENT NEAR OAK HILL

A hunter who shot and killed his friend last year in an incident in a wooded area near Oak Hill turned himself in to the Volusia County Branch Jail today, a day after a grand jury indicted him on one count of manslaughter with a firearm and one count of violation of game rules/regulations.

Leeshawn Sutton, 58 (DOB 2/5/1959), remains in custody at the jail this evening on a $50,000 bond on the manslaughter charge and $100 bond for the hunting violation.

The Jan. 20, 2016, shooting killed 65-year-old Bruce Best in an area west of Interstate 95 and north of Maytown Road.

The 2016 news release is below.
 

January 20, 2016

Gary Davidson
Public Information Officer

Update - 5:30 p.m

The names of the involved persons are as follows:

  • Shooter:          Leeshawn Sutton, age 56
  • Deceased:       Bruce Best, age 65

The Sheriff’s Office’s Major Case Unit is continuing to investigate the death. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is assisting.       

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MAN KILLED IN APPARENT HUNTING ACCIDENT IN OAK HILL

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent hunting accident Wednesday afternoon that claimed the life of a man in a wooded area of Oak Hill.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified at 2:11 p.m. that a hunter had accidentally shot his friend with a 12-gauge shotgun. The location is deep in a wooded, swampy area west of I-95 and north of Maytown Road. With 

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