Quincy woman arrested, charged with murder

On January 3, at around 2:41 p.m., the Quincy Police Department responded to an Inlet Street, due to a person being shot.

According to a press release from the department, the following occurred:

When officers arrived on scene, they found 76-year-old Hollis Card suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his back.

Witnesses identified Sylvia Copeland, who’s home the incident occurred at, as the shooter.

Copeland told officers Card was trespassing on her property and threatened her.

A witness also said Card was walking back to his car when he was shot in the back.

Officers rendered first aid until Card was transported by ambulance to HCA Florida Gadsden’s emergency room, and later to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

Card remained in critical condition and died at around 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 14.

On Tuesday, January 17, a warrant for second-degree homicide was issued for the arrest of 64-year-old Sylvia Copeland of Quincy, who is charged in connection to the death of Card.

On January 18, Copeland was taken into custody by the Quincy Police Department and Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

She was subsequently transported and booked into the Gadsden County Jail.

“When I assumed the role as chief of police, one of my primary focuses was on reducing senseless violence and bringing those responsible to justice,” Chief Timothy Ashley said. “Never should anyone result to violence. The criminal justice system is there for everyone and we as a community must trust the system and not commit senseless acts of violence.”

This case was investigated by the Quincy Police Department Diversified Investigations Unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Copeland is being held in the Gadsden County Detention Jail with no bond.

 Erin Hill – Gadsden County News Service


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