Tollard

William Robert Tollard

SOUTH VENICE — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Port Charlotte man who allegedly shot and killed a woman at point-blank range while she sat in her vehicle at a South Venice bank, according to reports released Tuesday.

William Robert Tollard, 47, is charged with a single count of murder, according to the SCSO. He is in custody at the Sarasota County Jail without bond while the investigation continues.

The woman’s identity is being withheld under Marsy’s Law.

Sheriff’s Capt. Joe Girasone said deputies responded a little after 9 a.m. Monday for a shooting at the BB&T Bank, 160 Pointe Loop Drive, just off Jacaranda Boulevard near Tamiami Trail.

They found a 40-year-old woman dead in the driver seat of a white Jeep in the parking lot.

A witness in the drive-thru lane told deputies that he heard two gun shots and then, after he pulled away, saw Tollard walk up to the victim’s vehicle, scream, “You can’t do that to me. Who do you think you are?” and fire approximately seven more shots.

The witness said Tollard walked calmly back to his truck and drove away, passing within 5 to 10 feet of him while staring at him, according to the arrest report.


Another witness saw Tollard fire a black handgun at the victim’s vehicle and drive away in a black pickup.

Both witnesses identified Tollard in a lineup.

The victim was shot in the neck, chest and arms, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies quickly found the pickup unoccupied near Princess Lane and Jacaranda Boulevard, not far from the bank. They found a black handgun on the front passenger seat with the magazine taken out.

The deputies found Tollard walking a short time later and took him into custody near Sklar Drive and Jacaranda Boulevard.

He and the victim are known to one another; however, their relationship is also protected under Marsy’s Law.

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