Home Invasion-Homicide

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
Support Services Bureau
-Crime Scene Investigation Unit

John Heisler (Deceased - Intruder)
DOB: 07/22/1969
Address: Transient

Malachi Heisler (Shooter/Heisler and Andrews’ Son)
DOB: 09/11/1996
Address: 5001 43rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg

Jolene Andrews (John Heisler’s Ex-Girlfriend)
DOB: 08/02/1978
Address: 5001 43rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg

Alton Pyles (Andrews’ Boyfriend)
DOB: 12/27/1967
Address: 5001 43rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg

Magenta Heisler (Heisler and Andrews’ Daughter)
DOB: 08/21/2002
Address: 5001 43rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg

Detectives assigned to the Robbery Homicide Unit are conducting an investigation into a home invasion/homicide that occurred at a private residence in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

Deputies responded at about midnight on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

The incident occurred at a private residence located at 5001 43rd Avenue North in Unincorporated St. Petersburg.

According to investigators, an intruder later identified as 46-year-old John Heisler, attempted to break into his ex-girlfriend Jolene Andrews’ home through a front window at about midnight on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Investigators say Andrews and 47-year-old Alton Pyles heard a loud crash and went outside to investigate. The two encountered the suspect who was dressed in black full tactical gear to include a ski mask and thigh holsters, and who pointed his gun at them.

Detectives say Andrews and Pyles quickly retreated into the home but were followed by the suspect. The two attempted to close the front door to prevent the suspect (Heisler) from entering, but the suspect forced his way inside.

Once inside, investigators say Heisler grabbed Andrews by the upper body and tried to force her to the ground. (Andrews later told deputies that at that point she recognized the suspect as her ex-boyfriend by his voice and a tattoo on his arm.)  Pyles called for help, at which time Malachi Heisler opened his bedroom door, and saw his father (John Heisler) pointing a gun at his mother (Andrews) and subsequently turning the gun towards him. Detectives say in fear for his life, Malachi Heisler fired his weapon striking Heisler in the upper body.

John Heisler was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.

Detectives say 13-year-old Magenta Heisler was also inside the home in another bedroom at the time of the incident.

According to investigators, Andrews had obtained an temporary injunction against John Heisler this past April and was later awarded an extension on the injunction until May of 2016 .

The investigation continues.

Posted by Tuesday, September 8, 2015 1:00:00 PM Categories: General News

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