A Hernando Beach woman is in custody after she allegedly shot her domestic partner and then barricaded herself and two children into a residence in Hernando Beach.
Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Public Relations Manager Denise Moloney said that shortly after 2 p.m. on June 24, Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to a report from a neighbor that a man had arrived at her residence bleeding and claiming that he had been shot by a woman at the Flounder Drive residence that they share.
At the scene, crews found that the man had sustained at least one gunshot wound and transported him to a local trauma center for treatment. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Meanwhile, HCSO deputies surrounded the residence where the shooting allegedly took place and made several attempts but failed to talk with the alleged shooter, identified as 33-year-old Tabatha Mincieli.
“During the investigation, detectives learned that Mincieli was arrested on May 12, 2023, for Domestic Battery on the same victim,” Moloney said.
Deputies also learned that inside the house, Mincieli had access to multiple firearms and that two small children were probably inside with her.
As she remained inside the house and refused to communicate or cooperate with law enforcement personnel, SWAT and Crisis Response Teams (CRT) from the HCSO were called to the scene.
SWAT Team members entered the residence shortly after 5:30 p.m. and found Mincieli and two small children in the master bedroom.
The children, who were uninjured in the incident, were removed from the scene and later placed in the care of family members by Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) personnel who were called to the scene.
Mincieli was taken to the HCSO district office, where in an interview, she gave detectives several different accounts of the shooting incident.
Finally, detectives arrested Mincieli and charged her with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
The case remains under investigation, Moloney said.