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Son arrested in Key Largo after Jacksonville nurse’s murder

Michael McPherson taken into custody after shooting death of Stacey McPherson-Dillon

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 21-year-old man who was sought by police after a Wolfson Children’s Hospital nurse was found shot to death at a home in the Goodby’s Creek neighborhood has been arrested, according to police.

Michael Joseph McPherson, the woman’s son, was arrested by deputies in Key Largo on Thursday afternoon. Deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said they received a be-on-the-lookout from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office following the shooting death of Stacey McPherson-Dillon, 45.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, deputies spotted a black SUV matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle driving southbound on U.S. 1 at about 3:15 p.m. Investigators said the driver was identified as Michael McPherson, and he was taken into custody. They said a firearm was found in the SUV.

Officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office were called to a home on San Servera Drive South at about 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday after reports of a shooting. Investigators said a woman was found suffering from a gunshot wound.

First responders said they tried to save the woman, but she died at the scene.

A neighbor told News4Jax the woman moved to Jacksonville from Key West. Neighbors said the woman lived in the home with her husband, as well as a son from a previous marriage who moved in several months ago.

Investigators Michael Joseph McPherson also had a warrant for his arrest by the Key West Police Department for battery on a person age 65 or older.

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