Avon Park gas station owner stabbed to death during argument

Highlands County

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday night in the murder case of a gas station owner in Avon Park.

Highlands County deputies said Roosevelt Shavon Smith III stabbed the owner, 47-year-old Dharmik Patel, to death during an argument at the 7 Days gas station on U.S. 27 South.

Deputies chased Smith and took him into custody shortly after the incident.

According to detectives, security video showed Smith and Patel arguing inside the store, and Smith walking behind the counter and stabbing Patel multiple times.

Patel was pronounced dead at Advent Health Sebring.

Smith is being held at the Highlands County Jail on a second-degree murder charge.

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