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Bartow police arrest convicted felon for shooting, death of ex-girlfriend

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jun 19, 2016

Bartow police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old woman. 

Emily Tensley, who lived at the Azalea Gardens Apartments at 1050 Golfview Ave.in Bartow, was found lying on the floor of a breezeway in the apartment complex shortly after 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Bartow police spokesman Sgt. Eric Sherouse said in a news release. Tensley had been shot.

She was unresponsive when officers began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Polk County paramedics took over when they arrived and took her by ambulance to Bartow Regional Medical Center, where Tensley died of her injuries.

Neighbors said her children were nearby when the shooting occurred.  

"My heart is really going out to her kids right now I know how it feels to lose a mother cause mine has been gone for two years," said Shatasha Rice.

On Sunday, Bartow police said their investigation revealed Tensley had an altercation with ex-boyfriend, Patrick Christopher Panton, 21, at her residence Saturday night.  Panton pulled a small caliber handgun during the confrontation, pointed it at Tensley and shot her once in the abdomen, according to Bartow police.

He fled the scene.

Police arrested Panton in Orlando on Monday.  

He now faces charges of second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Anyone with information can call the Bartow Police Department 863-534-5034.