Woman kills man in front of his children, claims self-defense

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville woman shot and killed a man in an apparent fit of rage near her home after discovering she had been burglarized, police say.

The victim, Ian Klinedinst, 22, was shot in front of his 6-month-old son and his 2-year-old daughter. Karla Davis, who was arrested and charged with Klinedinst's murder, claims she shot Klinedinst in self-defense.

According to JSO, Davis, 36, returned to her home Sunday from a vacation with her boyfriend. When Davis walked inside her home, she discovered it had been burglarized. Soon after her discovery, two cars drove past her home. The two cars were driving to the cul-de-sac at the end of Earline Circle North to "hang out," JSO said.

Davis grabbed a handgun, JSO said, and drove her Chyrsler 300 down to where the two cars were stopped around 9:15 p.m.

Police say the cars tried to leave but Davis blocked one of the two cars from getting away. She then pulled out her gun and fired one shot at Klinedinst while his daughter, son and a person in the passenger seat looked on. The bullet struck Klinedinst in the face and he later died.

Davis left the scene and tracked down the second car that went around her initial barricade. The driver of that car fired a gun at her, but missed. There was no collateral damage, according to JSO. Klinedinst's girlfriend, and mother to the two children in the car with Klinedinst, was a passenger in the second vehicle.

Davis then returned to her home, packed some clothes and fled the area. JSO said she was found the next day at a hotel. When JSO interviewed her she confessed to killing Klinedinst but said the shot was fired in self-defense.

Davis has been charged with murder.


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