Florida dad Scott Bowman may have been just trying to be polite when he invited a man with a special delivery into his home, but it was a decision that would cost him his life.
As KRON reports, a week before he tragically passed away, Bowman had responded to an ad on Facebook by a man claiming to be in search of a good home for a dog.
The ad, photographed below, reportedly read in part:
“Found her at work today and she’s glued to my side … Please anyone able to provide her a loving home let me know. I can’t keep her but I ain’t leaving her here.”
Bowman’s fiancée, Chelsea Bowman, told Action News Jax this is the ad that got her beloved’s attention.Screenshot/Action News Jax
Once Bowman agreed he would take the dog, the man reportedly insisted on delivering her directly to the father of two at his Jacksonville home.
Although the connection between the men is not clear, it has been reported that the men did not know each other. When he arrived, Bowman and Chelsea reportedly invited the stranger in and offered him a drink.
According to KRON, Chelsea alleged once inside, the man then began acting drunk and volatile. When it was time to leave he reportedly refused, which caused a fight to break out between Bowman and the stranger.
The man pulled a gun out which Bowman reportedly was able to turn against him, shooting the man in the arm. The man then reportedly broke free and delivered a fatal blow, shooting Bowman in the chest.
His children stood just feet away.
According to Action News Jax, Bowman’s children, just 8 and 4 years old, ran to a neighbor’s house following the altercation.
“The kids came running up to the door, pounding on it,” neighbor Julie Wood said. […] “They were just terrified and just kept repeating, ‘My dad, there’s blood everywhere,’” Wood said.
Police responded to the scene and took the alleged gunman into custody.
There are several suggestions for safely buying and selling online goods, such as telling someone, arranging to meet in a public place, never meeting at home, always meeting during the day, keeping a cell phone close, and never revealing personal information.
It’s important to note that in-person transactions come with an inherent set of risks, even if safety measures are observed. Just recently a father of seven was killed when he tried to buy an iPhone from an online seller despite meeting in a grocery store parking lot during the day and using cash.
As for the Florida father who wanted to give his family a dog, the incident remains under investigation.
Action News Jax reports that no arrest has been made, a situation Chelsea reportedly fears means her husband’s alleged shooter has claimed self-defense.