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Woman Looking for Lost Dog Shot, Killed by Neighbor

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    Manatee County Sheriff's Office / WFLA-TV

    A Florida woman was shot and killed Tuesday night while searching for her lost dog in a Manatee County neighborhood.

    According to NBC affiliate WFLA-TV, Rebecca Rawson was with her daughter and brother-in-law near her home in Parrish – located northeast of Bradenton – searching for the animal when one of them knocked on the door of 83-year-old Eugene Matthews.

    Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies said Matthews opened his door and started shooting at the group and into a vehicle where Rawson, 64, was sitting. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where Rawson died.

    Matthews was charged with second degree murder. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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    Neighbors told WFLA that Matthews was often armed and wanted to protect the potato farm across from his home.