The white woman who reportedly shot and killed a black mother-of-four in front of her son has been arrested and charged four days after the unfortunate incident.
Susan Louise Lorincz, 58, was charged Tuesday June 6, with manslaughter with a firearm, culpable negligence, battery, and two counts of assault, Marion County Sheriff's Office said in a statement released in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
'The justice we have all been seeking has been served,' Sheriff Billy Woods said in a video posted Tuesday.
It follows public pressure on police to take action over the killing after authorities first said they had to take time to determine what role Florida's 'stand your ground' law might play in the incident.
Lorincz, who is white, is accused of fatally shooting Ajike 'AJ' Owens through a closed door in Ocala on Friday night.
It's alleged that Lorincz threw a roller skate at one of Ms. Owens' children and swung an umbrella at another during a heated exchange before they went to tell their mother.
Ms. Owens reportedly then went across the street to speak with the neighbour after hearing of the incident, at which point Lorincz is accused of firing through her door, shooting the mother-of-four. Ms Owens later died at a hospital from her injuries.
Ms Owens children had been playing in a field near an apartment complex in Ocala, Florida, on Friday when Lorincz 'began yelling at them to get off her land and calling them racial slurs,' renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump said.
The children then accidentally left an iPad behind after leaving the field - although police said it was a pair of skates before going back to fetch it, Crump expplained.
According to police Lorincz 'engaged in an argument with the children' that was overheard by a neighbour.
'During this argument, Lorincz threw a roller skate at Ms Owens' 10-year-old son, striking the child in the toe,' the statement said.
'After this, when the child and his 12-year-old brother went to speak to Lorincz, she opened her door and swung at them with an umbrella.'
Marching up to Lorincz home, it's alleged that Ms Owens approached her door and 'knocked multiple times, and demanded that Lorincz come outside.'
Police say that this is when Lorincz 'fired one shot through the door, striking Ms Owens in her upper chest.' She later died at hospital from her injuries.
'At the time she was shot, Ms. Owens' 10-year-old son was standing beside her.'
When interviewed, Lorincz told police that 'she'd acted in self-defense and that Owens had been trying to break down her door prior to her discharging her firearm.'
'Lorincz also claimed that Owens had come after her in the past and had previously attacked her.'
Police said that through their investigation and eyewitness testimony, they were able to establish that 'Lorincz's actions were not justifiable under Florida law.'
Under Florida's 'stand your ground' law, people are essentially permitted to use deadly force if they feel their lives are in danger.
'Any time that we think or perceive or believe that [the 'stand your ground' law] might come into play, we cannot make an arrest. The law specifically says that,' Sheriff Billy Woods said at a press conference on Monday.
'And what we have to rule out is whether this deadly force was justified or not before we can even make the arrest.'
Woods acknowledged that Owen's children were engaged in a dispute with the neighbor prior to the shooting regarding them being on her lawn. He said officers have responded half-a-dozen times to complaints about the ongoing feud since January 2021.
Crump, who is representing Ms. Owens' family, said in a statement that the shooter had been yelling racial slurs at the children before the confrontation with their mother. Ms. Owens and her children are black.
The sheriff's office hasn't confirmed there were slurs uttered or said whether race was a factor in the shooting.