According to police, a vehicle sale turned deadly when the potential male buyer carjacked the SUV. The female seller, who arrived with her son, shot the man who was trying to drive away with her 18-year-old son Kalaeb’s vehicle. Now, the woman may face charges depending on the results of the police investigation.
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Louise Ornduff, a 36-year-old mother, shot and killed Lasupta Singletary, 18, as he and an accomplice carjacked her son’s vehicle from a Bank of America parking lot in Clearwater, Florida.
On Monday, Ornduff met Singletary and his friend, 17-year-old Jernalen Coleman, to attempt to negotiate the sale of her 2016 Nissan Rogue. Ornduff’s son had arrived at the meeting point in his 2016 Hyundai Veloster.
Instead of proceeding with the sale, the situation turned deadly.
Both Singletary and Coleman were armed with guns and demanded the keys to the Veloster, threatening Ornduff and her son with their firearms. After Singletary and Coleman were in the car and attempted to drive away, Ornduff, who also had a handgun, opened fire, shooting Singletary and mortally wounding him in the process.
Singletary, a resident of Zephyrhills, was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital and was soon pronounced dead.
Local law enforcement is reviewing the details surrounding the shooting and is working with the Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney’s Office to determine if Ornduff will face charges.
According to Clearwater Police Deputy Chief Eric Gandy, local authorities are trying to determine the timeline of events to determine if Ornduff’s or her son’s lives were in danger when she opened fire. The will allow the State Attorney’s Office to determine if her actions would be considered self-defense or she will be charged for the shooting death of Singletary
Gandy stated, “The timeline is going to be critical,” continuing, “It’s important to determine whether the threat existed when the shot was fired.”
According to law professor and Center for Excellence in Advocacy at Stetson University College of Law director Charles Rose, some important details will likely include whether the car was being driven toward Ornduff when she fired as well as the bullets point of entry into the vehicle and the distance between the car and the Ornduffs.
Coleman of Dade City is being charged with second-degree felony murder for Singletary’s death, since it occurred during the commission of a felony, and armed robbery.