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Palm Harbor Beacon
Son charged in shooting of mom, boyfriend
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Benjamin Bishop
OLDSMAR – A certified nursing assistant and a swim coach were shot dead about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 28 at a residence in Oldsmar.

The shooter, Benjamin Bishop, 18, the son of the nursing assistant was listed on the Pinellas County Sheriff’s report as unemployed.

Bishop was charged with two counts of first degree murder for reportedly shooting his mother, Imari Shibata, 49, and her boyfriend, Kelley M. Allen, 49. He is being held without bond in the Pinellas County Jail.

According to detectives, Bishop has admitted to shooting his mother and her boyfriend, following a series of arguments on Oct. 27. Detectives say Shibata and Allen were in their bedroom when Bishop shot them multiple times each.

Detectives also say that Bishop made the 911 call following the shootings and surrendered to responding deputies at the front door of the residence without further incident. No one else was in the home at the time of the shootings, and no one else was hurt.

Records show that the Sheriff’s Office has responded several times to this residence since 2006. Records also show that Bishop requires medication for mental health issues and reportedly has not always taken his medication as required.

Detectives say Bishop shot Shibata and Allen with a 12 gauge shotgun. The investigation has revealed that Bishop pawned a number of electronic items in to obtain the funds to buy the shotgun. He could not purchase the firearm himself because he was still on probation for a 2011 domestic battery incident, where he struck his mother and tried to strangle her.

Bishop reportedly told a friend that he wanted the gun for protection from gang members. The friend bought the gun for Bishop a couple of weeks ago for $279 at a local shop. Bishop hid the gun in the attic of his home until a few days ago when he brought it down to his bedroom dresser.

Bishop advised detectives that on Oct. 27, his mother told him to get a job, take his medicine for his mental health issues and to start paying rent. Bishop said he also had a discussion with Allen over the laundry. Saturday night, Bishop said he was angry and retrieved the shotgun after the arguments, loaded the weapon and shot his mother and Allen in their bedroom. He told detectives he then reloaded the shotgun and shot them again.
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