Bartow man accused of killing ex-girlfriend captured in Orlando

Patrick Christopher Panton, 21. Image courtesy Bartow Police.

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) — The manhunt for a Bartow man suspected of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend ended Monday morning with his arrest in Orlando.

Orlando Police Department officers arrested Patrick Christopher Panton, 21, after receiving an anonymous tip about his location.

Investigators say Panton shot his ex-girlfriend Emily Tensley, 27, of Bartow during an argument at her home on Saturday night and then left the area.

Officers responded to the Azalea Gardens Apartments on Golfview Avenue around 8:16 p.m. on Saturday and found Tensley laying on the ground of a breezeway at the apartment complex. Tensley was unresponsive and officers began CPR. Polk County EMS responded and transported Tensley to Bartow Regional Medical Center where she died from her injuries.

Panton was charged with Second Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

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