Man suspected of killing Weston woman shot dead by police
PUBLISHED: 10:31 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:40 18 April 2018
The man suspected of killing a former Weston-super-Mare woman in the United States has been shot dead by police.
Mother-of-three Caroline Morton-Hicks, was shot in a car park in Florida in February after she left a music rehearsal.
She had apparently been involved in an altercation at a performing arts centre and had been attempting to run away from the shooter when she was killed on February 5.
The Pinellas Park Police Department announced last week it was seeking a suspect named Siddeeq Ma’Shooq, also known as Steven Brooks, who was from St. Petersburg in Florida.
According to local news reports, Ma’Shooq was renting a property from Ms Morton-Hicks, and was overdue on his rent.
Law enforcement officers in Alabama attempted to take him into custody, but a hostage situation and standoff occurred.
Ma’Shooq fled the scene after releasing the elderly couple he had taken hostage, and he was tracked to a stolen truck in Pennsylvania. Ma’Shooq was reportedly shot and killed by police.
Her niece, Claire Timms said: “On behalf of the family we are pleased that justice has been served.
“Caroline was a compassionate landlord to this man and it’s unbelievable that he ended her life in such a cruel way.
“Caroline’s memorial service had over 500 people attend which shows how much she was loved.”
Ms Morton-Hicks, aged 59, moved to Florida with her husband Brian about 20 years ago, but visited Weston just a few weeks before her death.
She had grown up in Milton, and attended Worle Community School. She has one son in Weston, while her other two children live in Florida.
When she lived in Weston, Caroline and her husband Brian ran a number of travel agents in and around Bristol.
Brian also ran the well-known Weston club Blades. He died in 2014, and Caroline continued to live in Florida, where she bought a number of properties.
Claire told the Mercury in February: “She was really sporty, and did lots of sporting activities.
“We will miss her so much. She was fun and always having a laugh.”