Woman Charged for Shooting Her Boyfriend 1-1-20

Michael L. Haworth, Chief of Police
Pinellas Park Police Department
7700 59th Street N
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781

Contact: Sergeant Michael Lynch
Public Information Officer
c- 727-214-7822

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Pinellas Park Police Charge Woman for Shooting Her Boyfriend

Where: Residence located at 4201 80th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, FL

Who: Shooting Victim - Sean Michael Elsner, W/M, DOB: 04/10/1992 of 436 57th
St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710. Currently at Bayfront Hospital and is listed
in critical condition.

Arrested: Brooke Anne Otto, W/F, DOB: 07/11/1993 of 4201 80th Avenue N,
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Charges: Brooke Otto - charged with one count of domestic aggravated battery
with a deadly weapon (Felony). Sean Elsner - charged with one count of
domestic battery (misdemeanor) and one count of violation of probation for
aggravated stalking (felony).

What:  On Wednesday January 1, 2020 at approximately 9:30 am Pinellas Park
Police patrol units responded to 4201 80th Avenue North in reference to a male
subject that had been shot.  Upon arrival officers found that Sean Elsner had
been shot one time in the lower abdomen, and saying that he was shot by his
girlfriend who was identified as Brooke Otto.  Elsner was transported to
Bayfront Hospital where he was treated for his wound, and is in critical
condition at this time.  While at the residence patrol units were able to
locate Brooke Otto and take her into custody without incident.

Detectives responded to the scene to conduct the follow up investigation to
try and determine how the shooting took place.  Investigators have determined
that Elsner and Otto have been involved in an on and off again relationship
for the last 6 months.  Further investigation revealed that last night Elsner
arrived at Otto's residence where they continued their romantic relationship
and upon waking up this morning just before 9:30 am they engaged in a verbal
argument inside the residence.  Otto was attempting to get Elsner to leave the
residence during the argument and had called for a friend to help her have
Elsner leave.  In the meantime Elsner had called for an Uber to come pick him
up, at which time he made his way outside to the front porch of the residence.
 During this time Otto had armed herself with a handgun and was following
Elsner outside on to the porch.  While outside the verbal argument continued
during which time Elsner slapped Otto in the face, and knocked the phone from
her hand.  When Elsner was bent over reaching to pick up her phone Otto who
was still holding the handgun shot Elsner one time in the lower abdomen. 
Alcohol appears to be a factor in Elsner's actions.

As a result of the investigation Otto was charged with one count of aggravated
battery with a deadly weapon (domestic related). Elsner has charges pending
upon his release from the hospital of, one count of domestic battery, and one
count of violation of probation for aggravated stalking.  Elsner's violation
of probation charge was not involving his relationship with Otto.

The investigation is still ongoing and no further information is expected to
be released.

Booking Photo of Otto has been attached.

Released by Sgt. Mike Lynch, PIO

Previously released information:

Title: Pinellas Park Police Investigating a Shooting

Case Number: 20-80

When:  Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 9:30 am

Where: 4200 block of 80th Avenue Pinellas Park, FL

Injured Victim: Adult male with a gunshot wound to his torso.

What:  Pinellas Park Police are currently investigating a shooting that
occurred at a residence in the 4200 block of 80th Avenue that occurred at
approximately 9:30 am on January 1, 2020.  The victim of the shooting is an
adult male who was shot one time in his lower torso.  He has been transported
from the scene to the hospital where he is being treated for his wound.  A
female subject who was at the residence and is believed to have shot the
victim is currently in police custody.  There are no other outstanding
suspects or victims known at this time.

Detectives are now working to determine the circumstances behind the shooting
and the relationship between the victim and the shooter.  No further
information is available at this time.  An update will be sent out later today
after more information is obtained.  The investigation is ongoing.

Released by Sgt. Mike Lynch, PIO


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For more information contact:
Pinellas Park Police Department
Public Information Office

Captain Adam Geissenberger

Sergeant Mike Lynch
727-214-7822 cell