JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 36-year-old man who shot his longtime girlfriend during an argument Sunday and then drove her to a hospital, where she later died, has been charged with her murder, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced Friday.
JSO Assistant Chief Chris Butler said the man, Calvin Andrews Jr., was originally charged with aggravated battery for the shooting, which happened at 2521 Woodland St. The charges were upgraded to murder after the victim, 29-year-old Labreka Brittany Evans, died Wednesday at UF Health, Butler said.
Butler said the couple had been together nine years and had a 6-year-old child together. Evans also had another 10-year-old child. Both children were home but outside when Andrews shot Evans in the torso during the argument, Butler said.
Butler said the couple had been fighting for days over changes they made to party plans.
"That argument led to pushing and shoving. The suspect in this case retrieved a hand gun and shot the victim one time," Butler said. "The suspect then placed her in a vehicle and transported her to a hospital."
According to the police report, neighbors heard arguing and then a loud bang and saw Andrews helping Evans into a car. One neighbor told police that Andrews said Evans had shot herself but that Evans said to the neighbor, "Help me. Don't let him take me" and "This n***** tried to kill me."
Butler said Andrews made admissions of guilt and officers were able to recover the murder weapon.
Butler said the couple had two documented incidents of previous domestic issues: one in 2008 and one in 2012. According to the reports, those incidents involved pushing and shoving, Butler said.
Evans' children are being taken care of by family members, and the Department of Children and Families has been called in to help decide their permanent home, Butler said.
Butler said Andrews has a criminal history that includes resisting arrest, battery on a law enforcement officer, check fraud and careless driving.