Clearwater police arrest man in shooting that left 51 year old woman dead

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Clearwater police arrest man in shooting that happened around 1 a.m. Sunday in the 2300 block of Hillcreek Circle East.

Police charged Alexander Richardson with second-degree murder.

At some point that morning Richardson, the victim's boyfriend, went down to a gas station on McMullen Booth Road to tell someone that he had shot his girlfriend.

When police arrived they found Josephine Austria, 51, suffering from a gun shot wound. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died.

Several people were gathered at the house for a birthday party.

Police are still working to get more information on what lead to Austria's death. Detectives gained a search warrant late Sunday morning to be able to investigate inside the house.


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