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Tallahassee man indicted in murder of roommate

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Published: Aug. 28, 2016 at 10:29 PM EDT
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By: Julie Montanaro

September 21, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A grand jury has indicted 55-year-old Steve Lincoln of first degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of his roommate Vicki Hoffman.

Lincoln is accused of killing Hoffman during an argument at their Plantations at Pine Lake Apartment last month.

His arraignment is set for October 13th.


By: Julie Montanaro

September 19, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A murder suspect has been brought back from Michigan to face charges in the shooting death of a woman at a north Tallahassee apartment complex.

Court records show 55-year-old Steve Lincoln was booked into the Leon County Jail Friday. A judge ordered that he be held without bond until trial.

Lincoln is accused of killing 33-year-old Vicki Hoffman at her Plantations at Pine Lake apartment on August 28th.

He was arrested in Michigan two days later.

Arrest papers say Lincoln shot Hoffman during an argument.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee police say a suspect in a fatal shooting at a north Tallahassee apartment complex has been arrested.

The Tallahassee Police Department says 55-year-old Steve Lincoln was arrested in Jackson County, Michigan and is currently in custody.

Lincoln faces second degree murder charges in the shooting death of 33-year-old Vicki Hoffman.

According to police documents, Tallahassee Police Department officers responded to the Plantations at Pine Lake apartments on Halstead Boulevard in response to a shooting on August 28.

Once at the scene, police found the victim, Vicki Hoffman, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. According to arrest papers, when officers asked the victim who shot her, she stated "Steven." Hoffman later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

Arrest papers also state that the victim's child overheard the shooting and rushed to a neighbor's apartment to call 911.

According to the arrest warrant, the child stated that a man, who he identified as "Steve", and his mother got into a verbal argument and he could hear them fighting while he was in his room. He said he heard his mother yell "No!" and then heard two gunshots. He stated his mother then crawled into the room bleeding and asked him to call police. He stated that he rushed to a neighbor's house to call 911 and said he saw "Steve" leaving the apartment in a silver Buick.

The child also stated that he had known "Steve" for three years and provided a detailed description of him.

Police say the suspect, Steve Lincoln, lives at the apartment and works for FedEx.

The arrest warrant also states that the bullets used in the shooting appeared to be a consistent caliber as the missing handgun from a case in the suspect's bedroom.

Lincoln was apprehended in Michigan by Michigan State Police and the United States Marshal Service on Tuesday.

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee police say a warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with a fatal shooting at a north Tallahassee apartment complex Sunday evening.

According to TPD, a warrant has been issued for Steve G. Lincoln, 55, in connection with the shooting death of Vicki Hoffman at Plantations at Pine Lake apartments in north Tallahassee.

Hoffman died Monday morning as a result of her injuries.

Police say they're still searching for Lincoln and are asking anyone with information regarding him or his whereabouts to call the case's dedicated hotline at (850) 891-4604 or Crimestoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.

TPD did not provide a photo of Lincoln and no further description other than he is a white male.

No further details are available at this time.

WCTV will update this story as more information becomes available.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 29, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee Police are continuing to investigate a deadly shooting at the Plantations at Pine Lake apartment complex.

The shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. Sunday night.

Police say the victim, 33-year-old Vicki Hoffman, was shot multiple times. She was taken to the hospital but later died from her injuries.

TPD says they are investigating the case as a homicide but no arrests have been made at this time.

Monday evening, Plantations at Pine Lake sent out the following email to residents:

Dear Residents of Plantations at Pine Lake, We are notifying you of a shooting incident that happened on our property last night around 9pm. There was a domestic dispute between two roommates at Building 7. The local authorities are aware and are currently investigating the situation. This is an ongoing investigation and we have no further information at this time. As you would anywhere, we urge you to take precautions for your protection. While nothing can guarantee that you do not become the victim of crime, there are measures that may reduce your risk of becoming a victim. * When entering the community, if you notice any suspicious person(s) or activity, drive to the nearest phone and call the police. As soon as possible, thereafter, notify the management office. * If you should see any lighting on the premises not functioning properly, report it to the management office. * While at home in your apartment, keep all windows and doors locked. If you feel that your locks are in need of repair or additional locks are needed, please notify the management office immediately. * Never open your apartment door to strangers and always ask for identification before allowing anyone to enter your apartment. * If at any time you feel threatened, notify the police by calling 911 immediately. * It is recommended that while at home at night that you keep your drapes closed. If you should become a victim of a crime, report it immediately to the police department and then notify the management office. Remember we care about your safety, but crime can occur any place and at any time. We do not want you to become a victim, so please practice reasonable personal security measures at all times. Thank you, Plantations at Pine Lake

TPD has set up a dedicated hotline and is asking anyone with information about this case to call them at (850) 891-4604 or CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 29, 2016

11 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A woman who was shot at a north Tallahassee apartment complex has died, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.

TPD says Vicki Hoffman, 33, was shot at the Plantations at Pine Lake apartments on Halstead Boulevard shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday.

Hoffman was said to have been suffering life threatening injuries following the shooting. She was transported to a local hospital, but the case was updated as a homicide around 11 a.m. Monday, according to a press release sent by TPD spokesman David Northway.

Officers told residents of the apartment complex that a male, believed to be in his mid-50's, may be a suspect and may have fled the scene. The two may have been living together, police told residents.

Northway says that crime and forensics units are continuing to investigate the scene and interview witnesses.

TPD says it has set up a dedicated hotline and is asking anyone with information about this case to call them at (850) 891-4604 or CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 29, 2016

9 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee Police say that a woman suffered life threatening injuries in a shooting at a north Tallahassee apartment complex Sunday evening.

Officers with the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a reported shooting at Plantations at Pine Lake apartments on Halstead Boulevard shortly before 10 p.m.

Police say a woman was found at building seven suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Officers told residents that a male, in his mid-50's, may be a suspect and may have fled the scene.

Police says that crime and forensics units are continuing to investigate the scene and interview witnesses.

TPD is asking anyone with information about this case to call them at (850) 891-4200 or CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 28, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee police are investigating a shooting at a local apartment complex.

Police swarmed the Plantations at Pine Lake apartment complex shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports of gunshots.

Residents in the complex were told by officers that a shooting happened near building seven.

Police told WCTV that one resident a female was taken to a hospital and a male in his mid-50s may have fled the scene.

The status of the victim is unknown at this time. Police ask anyone with any information on the incident to contact TPD.

No further details are available at this time.