Anastasia Island ‘domestic situation’ turns deadly Thursday evening

One man is dead after what police are calling a “domestic situation” on Anastasia Island ended with gunfire Thursday evening.


The shooting happened off Arricola Avenue just south of South Matanzas Boulevard around 5:30 p.m. Officers from multiple agencies, including St. Augustine Beach Police Department and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, responded.

At the scene Thursday evening, St. Augustine Police Department spokesman Mark Samson said one man was dead from an apparent gun shot wound and officers had one woman — who is believed to the be the shooter — in custody at the police department being interviewed.

Police were not looking for any other suspects.

“The neighborhood is safe,” he said.

Investigators, Samson said, were on scene awaiting search warrants to search a nearby apartment and would remain on scene “collecting evidence and talking to witnesses.”

As of press time, the police department had not released the name of the deceased or the name of the woman being interviewed.

Thursday’s incident is the fourth fatal shooting in the St. Augustine area in the past week.

On Saturday morning, St. Johns County sheriff’s deputies responded to the King Food Mart after receiving a report of shots fired in the area.

Once on scene, they found Canyon Charles Molitor, 25, dead in the parking lot in the 600 block of West King Street.

Elroi Ishmael Ashley, 30, was transported in a private vehicle from the scene to Flagler Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

A subsequent news release about the incident said Sheriff’s Office investigators determined the two men had been arguing through “digital communication” when they agreed to meet at the store. Once there,“the two quickly began a verbal argument which led to the men brandishing handguns and firing” on one another, the release said.

Then on Tuesday morning, sheriff’s deputies discovered the body of James Henry Weaver, 56, in a home in the 1400 block of Los Robles Avenue.

A subsequent autopsy found that Weaver, who lived in the home with 55-year-old Steven Michael Canard, died of a gunshot wound. The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide.

Investigators never had a chance to interview Canard who was killed in a car crash Monday night on State Road 207 — just blocks from the home — when his car was hit by a motorcycle whose driver was also killed.

Weaver’s death is still under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office has not named a suspect.