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Shooter in domestic violence case no stranger to domestic violence

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BRANDON FL (WFLA) -

The shooter in Saturday morning's domestic violence case in Brandon is no stranger to domestic violence. Friday was the ten year anniversary of 50-year old Vickie Rock's brother's death. Chuck Rock's ex-girlfriend arranged his murder back in 2003.

On Saturday, Vickie Rock told investigators she was visiting a friend at the Grand Oaks Apartments on Sherwood Lane, when she heard glass breaking and screaming. She says she armed herself with a 45 caliber handgun and confronted 54-year old Daniel Robertson who was attacking his girlfriend, 40-year old Cristy Vasilakos. Sheriff's Detective Larry McKinnon describes what happened next. "Came outside armed with a 45 caliber." Said McKinnon. "She ordered the man to stop. He at that point turned his aggression towards her and began severely beating her about the face with a metal object. She received substantial facial injuries before she turned and fired at least one shot killing the man."

Vickie didn't want to speak on camera, but over the phone told Newschannel 8, this has been a very emotional time for her. On August 16th, 2003, her brother passed away. At a trial in 2006, Joshua Singletary testified he doused Chuck Rock with gas and then set him on fire. Rock died just days later. Singletary says Rock's ex-girlfriend, Beth Williams, urged him to kill rock saying, "it would get his attention." Singletary is now serving a 40-year prison sentence, Williams is serving a life sentence.

After investigators questioned Rock, they let her go. The state attorney's office will now review the case and determine if any charges should be filed. Det. McKinnon says this may simply be a case of self defense. "It was clear that this individual was set out to severely injure his girlfriend and then of course then he turned his aggression towards the neighbor who showed up." Said McKinnon.

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