Father killed in front of children after responding to ad about dog

Father murdered in front of two children while attempting to buy puppy

A Jacksonville father was murdered in front of his children while trying to buy a puppy through a Facebook advertisement.

According to KTRK-TV, authorities say Scott Bowman responded to an ad from a man who claimed to be giving away a dog.

Bowman's fiancee, Chelsea Bowman, said that the couple wanted to get a dog for the family, which led them to respond to a Facebook post from a man offering a puppy for free. That's when the suspect pulled out a gun and Scott started to run, but the man shot him in the chest, she said.

When the suspect arrived, he was reportedly intoxicated, according to Bowman's fiancée, Chelsea Bowman, who was in the home, along with the victim's two young children.

Bowman invited the man, whom the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office did not immediately identify, inside his home for the exchange.

The couple had offered to go pick the pet up only for the unidentified poster insisting on coming to their home last Wednesday evening. And he doesn't leave, ' Chelsea tells the station.

"I've lost everything", Chelsea Bowman said Monday.

'Kinley was going, "You shot my dad!".

Neighbor Julie Wood tells Fox 13 she heard Bowman's children pounding on her door and crying for help.

Chelsea Bowman said her daughter told her the man hold a gun to Scott's head, but he was able to turn the gun on the man and shoot him in the arm.

In the meantime, Bowman says the visitation and memorial for Scott will be hard. The investigation is ongoing.

When police arrived at the home, they took the alleged gunman into custody. "I have to go say goodbye [and] so does his mother, his brother, his dad, his other son".

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