VCSO: Ormond man shot to death inside home; wife tells neighbor shooting was accidental

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Sheriff's homicide investigators are awaiting autopsy results before deciding if criminal charges will be levied in the early Easter morning shooting death of Sanford Olson at his residence at 7 Seabreeze Drive in Ormond by-the-Sea as shown in this locator map. His wife told a neighbor he was accidentally shot.
 

ORMOND BEACH -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office's Major Case Unit is continuing to investigate the fatal shooting early Sunday morning of a 55-year-old man in Ormond-by-the-Sea, just north of the Ormond Beach city limits.

The victim's wife was being interviewed about the death at 7 Seabreeze Drive after receiving a call at 2:52 a.m. about a shooting that had happened. When they arrived on scene, deputies discovered he had been shot to death.

"The Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene after a resident called 9-1-1 at 2:52 a.m., saying her neighbor was banging on her door and asking her to call the police because she had shot her husband," agency spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer®. "Four minutes later, deputies began arriving at the scene of the shooting, 7 Seabreeze Drive, and found Sanford Olson lying on a bed inside the home with a gun beside him."

"The Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene after a resident called 911 at 2:52 a.m., saying her neighbor was banging on her door and asking her to call the police because she had shot her husband," agency spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer®. "Four minutes later, deputies began arriving at the scene of the shooting, 7 Seabreeze Drive, and found Sanford Olson lying on a bed inside the home with a gun beside him."

The husband was pronounced dead at 3:07 a.m. The slain man's wife, 57-year-old Doris Barrells, had told her neighbor that the shooting was an accident.

Sheriff's investigators interviewed Barrells on Sunday, and she was fully cooperative with the investigation, Davidson said.

The Sheriff's Office is conducting additional interviews to determine the circumstances of the shooting and also has examined the scene at the house to help piece together the sequence of events leading up to the fatal shot being fired.

The Volusia County Medical Examiner's Office is scheduled to conduct an autopsy today. No charging decision will be made before the autopsy is completed, Davis emphasized.

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