Man who attacked Sanford bar employee shot, killed by victim's boyfriend, police say

A man who tried to carjack an employee of a Sanford bar early Thursday was shot and killed by the employee's boyfriend, according to police.

Officers of the Sanford Police Department responded to George's Tavern on South French Avenue around 2:20 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about a shooting.

When police arrived, they found a man dead from apparent gunshot wounds. 


Investigators reviewed surveillance footage in the area which they said showed the suspect come out of a porta-potty that was located near the employee's vehicle and attacked her as she was getting into her SUV.

"A man had been waiting in the outhouse for a few hours and come around and had grabbed her and had her on the ground, choking her and beating her in the head," customer Al Moon said. 

Authorities said the woman's boyfriend, who was there to make sure she got home safely after her shift, saw the attack and pulled out a gun and shot the man. 

The victim's father told FOX 35 News that his daughter –  who is a bartender –  is a fighter and suffered lots of bruises during the attack, but she's doing OK. 

 "Thank God her boyfriend is a special ops guy and came out and saved her life," Moon said. 

Police said the employee and her boyfriend are not facing any charges at this time. 

Investigators are working to identify the suspect. "That’s shocking. From what I understand he’s never come around here," Moon said. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the police department of Crimeline at 800 423-TIPS (8477) or visit