New details emerge in Pace stabbing death

Northwest Florida

PACE, Fla. (WKRG) —

UPDATE: The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man stabbed to death in Pace Sunday evening. He has been identified as 38-year-old Tommy Augusto Jimenez.

ORIGINAL STORY: A person was stabbed to death in Pace Sunday evening.

Santa Rosa County sheriff deputies were dispatched to the 5300 block of Avenida De Golf in Pace in reference to a disturbance Sunday night. Inside the home were several people who were arguing.

While the men argued one of them, 25-year-old Thomas Joseph Lazio, pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed a man, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Lazio’s wife told deputies, according to the report, the man pushed Lazio, which caused him to fall and hit his head on a bathroom door frame. Lazio’s wife also said the man punched her husband in the head twice. That’s when, according to her statement to police, Lazio pulled out a knife and stabbed the man in the stomach.

The man’s sister told deputies Lazio pushed the man, stabbed him, and that’s when he punched Lazio in the face.

The man was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital and died Monday morning.

The case is being worked as a homicide. The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of next-of-kin.

Lazio was charged with manslaughter with a deadly weapon. He is being held in the Santa Rosa County jail.


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