JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Investigators said anger and assumptions may have gotten the best of 36-year-old Karla Davis. She now claims she acted in self-defense when she shot and killed a 22-year-old father of three, with his children, fiancée and friends all allegedly in her line of fire.
"They were actually driving out from that area when the suspect pulled up in her car and actually blocked the victim's car in. The suspect basically fired one shot, killing the victim," said Assistant Chief Chris Butler with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
According to JSO, Davis claims her house had been burglarized and when she saw Ian Klinedinst and his family drive by in cars she didn’t recognize, she reportedly took matters into her own hands.
"This woman has no reason to do what she did. We weren't hurting anybody, we weren't bothering anybody," said Klinedinst's fiancée, Christie Stevens.
With the images still fresh in her mind, tears stream down Stevens' face. She said she wants justice for her fiancé, her 7-month-old daughter and two sons.
"He keeps telling me, 'Mommy, everything is OK. Daddy is OK.' He's watching over all of us and I know he is," said Stevens.
As painful as it is, Stevens shared details of that night and the view from the car she and her friends were in when Davis allegedly shot at them.
"She just came up, and blocked us in and we tried to pull away," she said.
She said that's when Davis started shooting and when her friend was forced to return fire.
"He was just trying to protect us, we just wanted her to get away from the car with the babies. We got my son down and covered him and she started shooting at us," recalled Stevens.
Stevens believes if they hadn't shot back at the suspect there would be more than one death.
JSO said the victim's friends acted in self-defense and they will not be charged for firing back.