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Florida Man Accused Of Gunning Down Brother Days After Being Released From Prison

Florida authorities allege that Daniel Redman, who had just finished serving a 3-year sentence, shot his brother, fled the scene and took another person hostage before police shot him. 

By Jill Sederstrom
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A central Florida man has been accused of gunning down his younger brother just five days after getting out of prison.

Daniel Arthur Redman, 29, faces a series of charges, including premeditated murder, after authorities say he shot and killed his 19-year-old brother Brenden Ray Redman on Jan. 14 in Inverness, Florida — about an hour north of Tampa — before fleeing and taking another woman hostage at a nearby mobile home, according to a statement from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrived at a home in the area of East Dawson Drive around 9:00 p.m. Jan. 14 and discovered Brenden “lying in a driveway with apparent gunshot wounds.”

The 19-year-old was airlifted to Marion County for medical treatment, but was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Witnesses told deputies that the suspect — identified as Daniel Redman — had been trying to break into a home before he fled on foot.

Through the use of specially-trained K-9s, investigators were able to track Redman “within minutes” to a mobile home about a quarter of a mile away from the scene of the shooting, authorities said.

Daniel was holding another victim — who the Citrus County Chronicle reported was a 42-year-old woman — hostage. The woman, police said, had “obvious injuries” after Redman had allegedly struck her.

Police say that Redman agreed to release the woman and, once she was safe, deputies ordered him to show his hands. Authorities said that is when Redman alllegedly “refused to comply” and “reached behind his back towards his waistband.”

He was shot once by deputies (who authorities say were concerned for the “safety of others”) and then taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

“The immediate action and quick thinking our deputies demonstrated in this grisly situation speaks volumes to the rigorous training they undergo to serve our citizens,” Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. “In this situation every second counted, where our deputies were able to respond immediately and save the life of another victim.”

Authorities did not say what prompted Brenden Redman’s shooting. Oxygen.com reached out to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office for additional details about the shooting, but did not receive an immediate response.

Daniel Redman had been released from prison on Jan. 9 — five days before the deadly shooting — after serving a three-year sentence for battery and aggravated battery of a person older than 65-years-old. Authorities said that, in that case, he struck and kicked a 68-year-old man and double amputee with whom he had been living, according to an arrest report obtained by the local paper.

He had also reportedly struck his brother after the incident to prevent Brenden from calling 911.

The battery was not Daniel Redman's first brush with the law.n: He has a lengthy arrest record dating back to 2010, when he was charged with petit theft, five counts of petit property theft and seven felony counts of burglarizing a structure of vehicle, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

Daniel Redman pleaded no contest to those earlier charges and was sentenced to four years behind bars, followed by 12 years of probation. Redman was released in December of 2013 but was re-arrested in February of 2014 for violating the terms of his probation and was sentenced to another 48 months.

He was released in September of 2017 and arrested again a day later for striking a Citrus County Sheriff’s deputy and resisting arrest. Authorities said the deputy had been attempting to take him into custody because he had allegedly been harassing women at a local shopping mall.

Although Daniel Redman, who deputies said “appeared to be in some way impaired” at the time, insisted he had just been trying to preach about “sovereignty,” he later pleaded no contest in exchange for a year of house arrest, the news outlet reports.

Redman is currently being held at the Lake Butler Correctional Facility on charges of premeditated murder, burglary with battery, kidnapping with intent to commit/commission a felony and shoot/throw a deadly missile into dwelling/conveyance.