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DeLeon Springs Man Killed In Shooting

Date Added: September 17, 2023 8:59 pm

Andrew Gant
Office of Public Affairs & Media Relations


Volusia sheriff’s detectives are investigating a fatal shooting between neighbors in DeLeon Springs.

The shooting was reported around 7:13 p.m. at 1880 Alameda Drive. The initial investigation indicates the victim, a 42-year-old man, was trimming trees over his property line when his neighbor came outside and fired a shot that struck and killed him.

The shooter, a 78-year-old man, is being interviewed by detectives. The case remains active and charges are pending further investigation. Additional information will be provided in a future update.


Update (9/18/23): The shooter in this case, 78-year-old Edward S. Druzolowski (DOB 5/7/1945), has been taken into custody on a charge of second-degree murder. He was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail overnight and is being held without bond pending first appearance.

The victim, 42-year-old Brian J. Ford, was trimming tree limbs along the fence line between 1880 and 1890 Alameda Drive when Druzolowski confronted him about being on his property. Druzolowski told detectives he threatened to shoot Ford, and when Ford didn’t leave, he shot him.

The Sheriff’s Office received 2 911 calls reporting the incident around 7:13 p.m. The first two deputies on scene attempted life-saving measures until EMS arrived, but Ford was pronounced deceased on scene.

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