Sheriff's Office confident it will solve shooting death
Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 8:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 8:25 p.m.
Alachua County sheriff's deputies have "gone non-stop" to solve the fatal shooting on Monday of an Alachua County man.
"I know they have done in excess of 50 interviews directly related to it," sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said. "Evidence is still being collected and analyzed."
William Redd, 44, of 2010 NE 192nd Ave., was shot in the chest at 3:24 p.m. Monday. Witnesses say they saw a black, four-door sedan speeding away from the area after the shooting.
Redd was shot in the yard of his double-wide home while members of his family were inside his house. According to sheriff's Lt. Todd Kelly, Redd banged on the door of his home yelling, "I've been shot." He died a short time later, deputies say.
Officers quickly put up police tape and blocked off the scene of the shooting. Redd's home is at the end of a dirt road, and there's a separate path on the back of the house that police say the family used.
Neighbors said most of the houses in the are occupied by other members of Redd's family, but they did not comment on the shooting. Some were put out of their houses until police canvassed and searched residences.
Repeated attempts by The Sun to contact the family have been unsuccessful.
Forgey said the workload for collecting evidence and solving leads is assigned to different detectives.
"A lot of times one lead may not pan out, and another one might, and then you take off after that one," he said. "We are confident we will solve this. Unfortunately, it takes time."
Because there are so many pieces to the puzzle, Forgey said, officers meet twice a day — in the morning and the afternoon — to discuss findings. There were plenty of leads still coming in even up to Wednesday afternoon, Forgey said.
"One (detective) may be working on forensic evidence," Forgey said, "and one could be interviewing potential witnesses."
According to court records, Redd was arrested five times between 2000 and his death.
In April 2005, he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault. In ‘08, he was charged with battery and marijuana possession. In September 2010, he was charged with marijuana possession, and in December of that year he was arrested for failing to appear on the charge.
On March 31, 2011, he turned himself in to the Alachua County jail on a warrant for cocaine trafficking. His bond was $10,000, and he spent about five hours in jail.
Forgey said despite Redd's history, the Sheriff's Office does not get "tunnel vision" and only look at that aspect for the investigation.
"We obviously look at everything, and that being one aspect of it, that could be involved," Forgey said, "but we obviously don't want to focus on that alone."
Redd leaves behind a wife, Katrina Singleton-Redd, and four children: Chelsea, Constance, Jamilah and Kiyahni.
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.