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Latisha Smith accused of fatally shooting man at Sunoco gas station in Mangonia Park

Detectives say surveillance video shows suspect shooting Jonathan Coleus
Latisha Smith, Sunoco gas station shooting scene
Posted at 8:57 AM, Jul 28, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A 34-year-old woman is accused of fatally shooting her live-in boyfriend Sunday morning outside a Sunoco gas station in Mangonia Park.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Latisha Smith was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Deputies said Smith shot and killed Jonathan Coleus, 29, of Loxahatchee, in the parking lot of the Sunoco on 45th Street.

According to an arrest report, surveillance video showed Coleus sitting in the driver's seat of a van when a Volkswagen Passat stopped in front of the van and blocked it from leaving.

Deputies said Smith, who was holding a gun, got out of the car, at which time Coleus got out of the van and tried to grab the gun from her.

Detectives said Coleus was shot during a struggle for the gun.

Investigators said Smith and another woman in the front passenger seat then fled.

During an interview with detectives, Smith said Coleus was "taking the money her mother left for her after her mother's death."

Smith was booked into jail and being held without bond.