A ‘Florida Woman Kimberly Sue Heath, 45, Allegedly Shot And killed Her Estranged Husband At Jacksonville’ A 45-year-old woman in Florida is behind bars after she allegedly shot and killed her estranged husband at her Jacksonville home last week.
Kimberly Sue Heath was taken into custody on Friday evening and charged in the death of 40-year-old Nathaniel Heath, authorities announced. She faces one count of second-degree murder — perpetrating a dangerous act evincing a depraved mind without premeditation, jail records show.
According to a press statement from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to an emergency call about a suspected shooting at a residence in the 10600 block of Fort Caroline Road on October 7 at around noon.
First responders arrived on the scene and entered the house where they found an adult male with what looked to be at least one gunshot wound.
The male victim was declared dead at the site by medical professionals from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, according to the police.
“JSO’s Homicide Team #2, along with members of the Crime Scene Unit, responded and began their respective investigations,” the press release said. “At the start, an individual had been detained and she was transported to the Police Memorial Building to be interviewed about the incident. Following the initial collection of, and vetting of the available evidence, the determination was made that the death of the victim would be ruled a murder.”
Police had not officially released the name of the victim as of Monday afternoon, but Nathaniel Heath’s family reportedly identified him as the man who was gunned down Friday in an interview with Jacksonville independent television station WJXT.
Nathaniel’s mother, Audrey Longley, reportedly told the station that the suspect and her son moved back to Florida from the Midwest so they could get Kimberly Heath help for mental health issues she was dealing with. Since they returned to the Sunshine State, however, they had become estranged and her son had moved out of the Ft. Caroline Road home, she reportedly said.
“He had not been staying here because she was afraid that she was going to kill him,” Longley reportedly told Jacksonville CBS affiliate WJAX-TV.
Longley added that she believes Kimberly Heath was armed and waiting for the victim when he arrived.
“When he came to the house, he went in. From the time he got here 8 minutes later, she had shot him,” Longley reportedly told WJAX. “I want to see her get the full extent of what could be done to her and I hate to say that because at one point I liked her and was trying to be there for her and my son.”
Speaking about her son, Longley reportedly described him as a “happy-go-lucky” person who “wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
Kimberly Heath’s roommate, Jeoff Perreault, reportedly said that Nathaniel and Kimberly got into an argument Friday evening before the fatal shooting.
According to the allegation, Heath returned to the residence on Friday night after receiving numerous Ring doorbell notifications and believing his wife was locked out. The entire house was surrounded by caution tape and police lights the next time his roommate checked the webcam.
On October 31, Kimberly Heath is due in court and is currently being held without bond at the Duval County Jail.
A GoFundMe page to help pay for Nathaniel’s funeral expenses can be found here.