Woman stabbed, man shot dead within 48 hours in Orange County neighborhood

APOPKA, Fla. — First a woman was stabbed. Then, less than 48 hours later, a man was found shot dead.

Orange County deputies responded to to both crimes within the same Orange County neighborhood near Apopka.

The stabbing happened Friday at Marden Meadows Apartments. Deputies said a 53-year-old woman was stabbed, but is expected to survive.


Less than 48 hours later, a man, identified as 47-year-old Elias Bratcher, was found dead on Marden Road.

One neighbor told Channel 9 he heard multiple gunshots early Sunday.

"All of a sudden I heard dot, dot, dot like rapid-fire," said Edwin Alvira. "Like seven shots."

Deputies have not released any information about a suspect. Suspect and victim information have yet to be released.

Deputies said the shooting and the stabbing are not related.

The investigation remains ongoing.

This story will be updated as more information becomes known.

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