Anti-government Florida man shot dead by fellow 'sovereign citizen'

November 18, 2020 

An anti-government ideologue in Florida who professed to be a "sovereign citizen" was allegedly gunned down by a woman on Monday who was also a member of the movement, a report said.

The suspected shooter, 33-year-old Neely Petrie-Blanchard, allegedly shot Christopher Hallett in Ocala after she accused him of working with the government to deny her custody of her children, the Associated Press reported.

Both Petrie-Blanchard and Hallet believed they were "sovereign citizens," or followers of a loosely-affiliated anti-government movement that suggests even if someone resides in the US, they are not bound by laws or other social norms.

Hallet ran a company called E-Clause LLC, which had a Facebook page that featured dozens of posts about whether the US government could have authority over citizens, according to the AP.

Petrie-Blanchard was arrested in Georgia after they slaying on Tuesday and said she could not be held by law enforcement.

"She's one of these people who claim they're not part of the United States -- sovereign people," Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk told the news agency. "They don't believe any of the laws apply to them. Obviously, she's not leaving."

Petrie-Blanchard was also indicted in a separate case Tuesday for allegedly abducting her daughters from their grandmother's home last March.

Petrie-Blanchard, who only had supervised-visit permission with the girls, was seen driving off with them in a Ford Explorer with the license plate "ECLAUSE."

She's expected to be returned to Florida from Georgia to face murder charges for Hallet's slaying.

Latest News

November 29, 2020
LIVE UPDATES: Trump to speak out in first interview since Election Day

FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo will interview President Trump at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures." The interview will be the president's first since Election Day and the weeks of legal challenges from the Trump campaign in battleground states alleging voter fraud that followed. Trump has yet to concede the 2020 […]

Read More
November 29, 2020
California man confronts out-of-towner putting up swastika stickers

Not in his city. A vandal posting swastika stickers throughout a California neighborhood was caught on video by a man who confronted him for his racism. Noah Mohan, 21, was walking his dog in Fairfax Tuesday when he saw a man posting stickers that featured a large black swastika and the phrase, "We are everywhere." […]

Read More
November 29, 2020
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and his husband test positive for COVID-19

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and his husband have tested positive for the coronavirus and are in quarantine. They are "asymptomatic, feeling well, and will continue to isolate in their home," Polis tweeted Saturday night. "This evening, Governor Polis and First Gentleman [Marlon] Reis learned that they have tested positive for COVID-19," an official statement from […]

Read More
November 29, 2020
Bah, Pandemic! How Theaters Are Saving 'A Christmas Carol'

For all his flaws, that cranky old miser Ebenezer Scrooge has been a godsend for American theaters. Through recessions and blizzards and other upheavals, he has drawn small children and big money to his redemption story in "A Christmas Carol." Stage adaptations of the tale, which generally run between Thanksgiving and year-end, have been a […]

Read More
November 29, 2020
Los Angeles County DA's security officer fires at carjacking suspects near her home: reports

A Los Angeles police probe got underway Saturday night after an investigator with the L.A. County district attorney's office -- who was working security for DA Jackie Lacey -- fired at suspects who allegedly tried to carjack the security team. The suspects allegedly pulled up to the security officer's car and tried to break into […]

Read More
November 29, 2020
Cyberattack shuts down Baltimore schools for two days

Schools in Baltimore will shut down for two days this week -- and a ransomware attack, not the coronavirus, is to blame. The Baltimore County Public Schools tweeted Saturday that there will be no classes Monday and Tuesday due to the computer breach. "This provides much-needed time for our staff to continue working to set […]

Read More
crossmenuchevron-down