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Lake Shore Double Shooting Update: Son Arrested, Charged with Shooting, Killing Parents

3:47 PM, May 2, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man has been arrested and charged with shooting his parents to death in their home Tuesday night, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police have arrested Charles Fritzner III, charging him with two counts of murder.  Fritzner is being held at the Duval County Pretrial Detention Facility with no bond.

A 9-1-1 call placed Tuesday night around 8:30 brought police to the home at 4545 Colonial Avenue, according to an arrest report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The caller, the suspect's sister, Diana Fritzner, told police her parents had been shot and that the person responsible for the shooting was her brother, Charles Fritzner III.

When police arrived at the home they found the victims, 42-year-old Ltanya Fritzner and 52-year-old Charles Fritzner II, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The two were taken to a hospital where they died from their injuries.

The sister said earlier in the evening her parents had told her brother that he needed to move out of their house.

Diana said she and her mother went for a walk and returned a short time later.  When the two got back to the house, Diana said her father had seen her brother outside.

When she heard glass break and her parents cry out in pain, Diana went to check on them and found they had been shot.

She called 9-1-1 and as she did, her mother told her that her brother had shot them, according to the arrest report.

A second person called 9-1-1 to report hearing the gunshots.  That caller also told police they had seen a male wearing all black clothing running away from the Colonial Avenue home.

Police found Charles Fritzner III almost a mile from the home.

Fritzner originally gave police a fake name and uttered "did someone get shot," according to the report.

Fritzner was taken to the Police Memorial Building to be interviewed by homicide detectives.

Detectives said Fritzner denied shooting his parents, instead claiming his sister is lying.  The arrest reports make note that Fritzner "showed no emotion during the interview."

He was placed under arrest and taken to the Pretrial Detention Facility where he was booked on the two murder charges.

Fritzner has been arrested in the past for minor offenses.  In July of 2010 he was arrested for domestic battery but the charges were dropped or abandoned, according to the Duval County Clerk of Court's website.

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