Tavares man found shot to death outside home in Leesburg

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Lake County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a Tavares man’s death after reports of a shooting in Leesburg Monday morning.

Deputies responded to reports of shots fired at a home on Kinne Pearce Road and arrived to find an unconscious man outside the home.


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The man was pronounced dead soon after by responding paramedics. He’s been identified by the sheriff’s office as 35-year-old Joseph Mitchell

Deputies say Mitchell one shared the home on Kinne Pearce Road with a woman.

“What we realized is that Mitchell, he was previously involved in a relationship with a female there at the home,” Lt. John Herrell said.

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At this point, deputies can’t say why Mitchell showed back up at the home early Monday morning.

However, a look at Mitchell’s background reveals a lengthy criminal history with arrests dating back 15 years, mostly in Seminole County.

His past charges include armed robbery and domestic assault, but at this point investigators don’t know why he was shot.

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Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigators say they still need to interview people who were in the area at the time of the shooting.

They’re hoping those interviews will give them a better idea about who shot Mitchell and why.

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