Death Investigation

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit

Benjamin First (Suspect - Deceased)
DOB: 01/20/1968

The 52-year-old female victim will not be identified, due to next of kin invoking her Amendment 6 rights.

What:
Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit are conducting a death investigation where a man and woman were found deceased inside the residence, of an apparent murder-suicide.  

When:
Deputies responded to the private residence in Oldsmar at approximately 10:14 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Where:
The incident occurred at the victim's condominium located in the Eastlake Woodlands Country Club.

Why/How:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a condominium located within the Eastlake Woodlands Country Club at approximately 10:14 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Deputies were informed that the 52-year-old female’s family called 911, after they had not been able to get in touch with her, and requested law enforcement to attempt contact. The family advised they were concerned for the female due to there being a history of domestic violence between the victim and her paramour.

When deputies arrived at the residence, no one answered the door and deputies made a forced entry into the condominium to check on the female.

According to detectives, 51-year-old Benjamin First and the 52-year-old female victim were found deceased inside the home from gunshot wounds. Detectives have determined it to be a murder-suicide.

Next of kin has been notified.

This continues to be an open and on-going investigation.

No further information is available at this time. 

Posted by Jessica Mackesy Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:20:00 PM Categories: Death Investigations

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