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.