Man Shoots Himself to Avoid Jail: WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

By: LCSO Press Release/ Amy long Email
By: LCSO Press Release/ Amy long Email

Tallahassee, FL- UPDATED 11:58pm 4.6.2011 by Amy Long

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34-year-old Ronald Fox was booked into the Leon County jail Tuesday.

Fox attempted to kill himself when law enforcement came knocking on his door back on March 28th. Earlier that day, Fox's girlfriend, Crystal Grant - filed a report with the Leon County Sheriff's Office saying Fox held her hostage for 12 hours, choked her until she lost consciousness, and told her he was going to kill her.

Fox is being held on attempted first degree murder and false imprisonment charges.

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Tallahassee, FL- UPDATED 10:41pm 3.28.2011 by Amy Long

Leon County Sheriff's Deputies were preparing a press release to send to the media when their investigation took an interesting twist as a Tallahassee man takes desperate measures to avoid jail time after attempting to kill his live in girlfriend.

33-year-old Ronald Fox lies in a hospital bed fighting for his life after trying to kill his girlfriend, 30-year-old Crystal Grant and her unborn baby.

Spokesperson with LCSO, SGT James McQuaig says, "During the altercation the female was choked to the point of unconsciousness. When she at some point in time, later regained consciousness, the male was standing over her talking about killing her. This continued for about 12 hours."

A neighbor who lives near the couple on the 1400 block of East Lafayette Street says she was home the whole time and never heard a thing.

"Nothing like this has ever happening in this neighborhood. I've met the guy before and I see her everyday she works like an 8 to 5 job." says neighbor, Taylor Stafford.

Grant, who is two months pregnant, convinced Fox she needed to go to work Monday (3/28) morning. Fearing her life, she drove immediately to the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

LT Tim Baxter with LCSO says, "She gave us a very valid statement and to back up her statement she had physical marking and injuries on her that were consistent with what occurred."

Detectives immediately obtained a search and arrest warrant for Fox, but by the time law enforcement was granted access to the couple's duplex, Fox knew they were coming.

SGT McQuaig says, "While they were in the process of securing the apartment, they encountered the suspect in one of the rooms at that time, the individual shot himself with a hand gun."

Detectives were able to render emergency aid, possibly saving Fox's life.

Fox is at TMH in critical condition- he's charged with attempted first degree murder and false imprisonment . If Fox pulls through, an LCSO spokesman says he will stand trial.

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Tallahassee, FL - On Monday, March 28, 2011 a woman walked into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and reported that she had been held against her will by her live-in boyfriend, who had also tried to kill her. According to
the report, Crystal Grant, 30, was involved in an argument with Ronald C. Fox, 33.

Fox became enraged when Grant asked him to leave their residence in the 1400 block of East Lafayette Street. Detectives believe that Fox choked Grant until she lost consciousness for an unknown period of time. When Grant regained consciousness, Fox was standing over her talking about killing her. Fox also prevented Grant from leaving the home until this morning, when she was able to talk him into letting her leave to go to work.

Detectives obtained arrest warrants and a search warrant for the residence today. At approximately 3:30 p.m. detectives served the search warrant at the residence. During the time they were securing
the residence, detectives encountered Fox in a bedroom. Fox produced a handgun and shot himself in front of the detectives.

Detective David Farcas, who is also a paramedic, immediately rendered emergency aid to Fox. Leon County EMS and the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to the scene and continued life-saving
techniques. Fox was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he is in critical condition.

When well enough to be discharged, Fox will be taken to the Leon County Jail.


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  • by Kristy Location: Tallahassee on May 4, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    I worked with Ronald right before all of this happened. He was a very nice man who obviously made a big mistake. Everyone does stupid things and if you really have something hasty to say about someone who attempted to shoot themself, you have issues.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Apr 8, 2011 at 09:26 AM
    Ronald Fox. You need to some dry firing. You also need to go to the range and practice.
  • by Retta Location: Tallahassee on Apr 8, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    What a loser, he can't even kill himself. How pathetic is that?
  • by Lip Cheese on Apr 8, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    Cut him slack, we have all stolen, I was arrested several times for it when I was younger but I learned my lesson.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2011 at 03:36 AM
    Just another crazy dope head thug! The only thing that gives US solace is that he will rot in prison until the deep fry this scum!
  • by Paula on Apr 7, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    What a total dumb a**. This man, apparently, can't get anything done right. Le him mop floors in prison to earn his keep. with his luck, he'll fall down and break his neck. Bet the girlfriend is sorry she was mixed up with the loser!
  • by MRB Location: Quincy on Apr 7, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    He should have aimed better or used a bigger caliber!
  • by The Taxpay Yours Location: Leon County on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:24 PM
    After watching this video we are compelled to ask: How does Law Enforcement agencies get the revenue to operate newer automobiles and pickups trucks that the Taxpay Yours? I can detect the new car and new tires smell from here!
  • by tracey on Apr 7, 2011 at 11:11 AM
    what good is putting him in prison going to do? i certainly don't support what he did to the mother of his child, but it looks like he did a number on himself. he doesn't look like he is ever going to be 'right'. that would be punishment enough. i hope the poor woman and her baby will be ok. this is going to take a lot of working to get through.
  • by "Just Read It" Location: Tallahassee on Apr 7, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    Not again, why in the hell most of these comments is based upon the color of someone skin, get a grip peoples, you all don't know what in the hell happened in these peoples household or what was going on in there home ..something had to happen that yall dumb peoples will find out later so stop judging first and stop being quick to hollow "COLOR", BLACKS,WHITES and other races do it as well...and not to mention Tax Dollars, Just Pay It.
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