This story is horrible.
A 78-year-old DeLeon Springs man is in jail without bond, accused of shooting and killing his neighbor during a dispute over trees.
Edward Druzolowski is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Brian Ford.
911 calls released Monday reveal it was the suspect’s wife who called for help. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office also released body cam video showing Druzolowski’s arrest.
“My husband had it in his hand. He meant to scare him, and he hit him. He was on our property,” she said.
The victim’s mother tells a harrowing story. Her son was trimming tree limbs for her when he was shot and killed in front of his 8-year-old son Sunday night.
She says she and her neighbor weren’t exactly friendly but never expected something like this.
She says her son Brian had come over for the weekend to celebrate a birthday and do some yard work for her. Brian Ford and his 8-year-old son were trimming limbs at the fence line. She was in the carport in her walker when suddenly, she heard a loud noise.
“I heard a big boom, and then he started, the little one started screaming, ‘He shot my dad! He shot my dad!” Linda Ford said.
Druzolowski let his court-appointed public defender plead his case for bond, telling the judge Druzolowski has no prior criminal history. But assistant state attorney Dustin Haven argued against it.
“He admitted in the 707 that the victim was unarmed and had made no threats,” Haven said.
According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect saw the victim doing the tree work and ordered him off what he claimed was his property, though the victim’s mother told WESH 2 where her son was working was still her property.
“My fence is 2 feet inside my yard. So I go another 2 feet outside my fenced area,” she said.
When the victim didn’t leave, investigators say the suspect shot him, killing Brian. The victim’s mother says the suspect was still holding the gun when she got there and pointed it at her and her grandson.
This is murder.
This old fuck really deserves to get strapped into Old Sparkey and ride the lightning straight to hell.
There is nothing defensive about shooting an unarmed man in front of his child then yelling at his child.
There is a lesson to be learned here.
Don’t argue with assholes.
I had a neighbor who was a crazy asshole. She was in the other side of a duplex I used to live in.
Whenever I vacuumed, she’d go into a raging fit over how much noise I was making and start banging on my door. I’d call the cops. I never opened my door to confront her.
In an unfriendly neighbor pitches a fit over trimming bushes he say are in his yard, walk away.
Just walk away.
Just let him take care of it or go through legal channels to deal wity it (cops or lawyers).
You never go is that person is going to go from unfriendly to murderous over nothing.
And again, I’m not victim blaming. This man did nothing wrong. I’m trying to learn and share a lesson grom this so other people dint learn the hard way.