Brian Hamacher

Plantation Man Shot and Killed Fiancee With AK-47: Police

A Plantation man is facing a murder charge after police say he shot and killed his fiancee with an AK-47 in their home.

Royce Teets, 46, was arrested Monday on a premeditated murder charge in the shooting of Terri Lynn Coolidge, a Plantation Police arrest report said.

Teets appeared in court Tuesday where he was ordered held without bond. He has been appointed a public defender.

According to the report, Teets called 911 Sunday night to report that Coolidge had been shot at their home on West Tropical Way.

"She got shot, she's going to die," Teets told the 911 operator, according to the report. "They were messing with a shotgun and it went off."

When officers arrived they found Coolidge dead with a gunshot wound to the chest, the report said.

Teets later told an officer he was cleaning a rifle when it accidentally discharged, the report said. He later said that Coolidge had gotten mad at him for texting and communicating with other women and that they got into an argument, the report said.

He said she was hitting him and trying to grab the gun from him and it went off, the report said. Teets changed his story several times but later admitted to lying about what happened initially, the report said.

Teets said he had been extremely angry, grabbed the gun from a closet and shot Coolidge, the report said. He said that he just wanted to stop her from breaking things and hitting him and had only wanted to pull the trigger to scare her, the report said.

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