Imari Shibata – Deceased
Certified Nursing Assistant
Address: 205 Cedar Key Court - Oldsmar
Kelley M. Allen – Deceased
Swim Coach – West Chase Community Association
Address: 205 Cedar Key Court – Oldsmar
Benjamin K. Bishop – Suspect
205 Cedar Key Court – Oldsmar
Charged: 2 Counts of First Degree Murder
Benjamin Bishop has admitted to shooting his mother Imari Shibata and her boyfriend, Kelley Allen, around 1:30 a.m., Sunday October 28, 2012, following a series of arguments which occurred earlier Saturday, October 27th. Detectives say Bishop shot his mother, and Allen as they were in their bedroom. Detectives say they were shot multiple times each. Detectives also say that Bishop made the 911 call following the shootings, and surrendered to responding deputies without further incident. No one else was in the home at the time of the shootings – no one else was hurt.
Records show that the Sheriff’s Office has responded several times to this residence since 2006. Records also show that Bishop requires medication for mental health issues and reportedly has not always taken his medication as required.
When: The shootings occurred around 1:30 a.m., Sunday, October 28, 2012.
Where: 205 Cedar Key Court, Oldsmar
Detectives say Bishop shot Shibata and Allen with a 12 gauge shotgun. The investigation has revealed that Bishop pawned a number of electronic items in order to obtain the funds to buy the shotgun. He could not purchase the firearm himself because he was still on probation for a 2011 Domestic Battery incident, where he struck his mother and tried to strangle her. Bishop reportedly told a friend that he wanted the gun for protection from gang members. The friend bought the gun for Bishop a couple of weeks ago for $279 at a local shop. Bishop hid the gun in the attic of his home until a few days ago when he brought it down to his bedroom dresser.
Bishop advised detectives that on Saturday, October 27th, his mother told him to get a job, take his medicine for his mental health issues, and to start paying rent. Bishop said he also had a discussion with Allen over the laundry. Saturday night, Bishop said he was angry and retrieved the shotgun after the arguments, loaded the weapon and shot his mother and Allen in their bedroom. He told detectives he then reloaded the shotgun and shot them again.
Bishop called 911 to report the shootings, and surrendered to deputies at his front door. He was charged after questioning and admitting to the shootings. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
The 911 call is not being released at this time.
The investigation continues.