LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Arthur Hohensee is the owner of the Gateway house that was the center of a hostage situation yesterday evening. It all ended when the house went up in flames.
A judge granted his wife a divorce, just before yesterday's events. This morning, the house is still a crime scene.
It all started after shots were fired and Lee County deputies responded to a domestic violence call.
Several law enforcement agencies are on scene investigating, looking for answers to why the man, believed to be Hohensee, fired shots at his wife and adult daughter, held them hostage, and then set their home on fire. Hohensee has two prior domestic violence injunctions, both from 2012, one of which was against his wife.
The couple reached a settlement in their a divorce just a few weeks ago on May 10th, and a neighbor tells us the wife was granted their home in the Silverlakes community. That was until Wednesday evening, when the home was burnt practically to the ground, authorities believe, by Arthur. Lee County Sheriff's deputies exchanged fire with Hohensee before the home was set on fire.
A neighbor who lives just two houses over from the scene said as soon as he heard the sound of gunfire, he ran outside of his home.
"Came out of the house, and there was a gentleman going in to the trunk of his car, reloading the shortgun and just shooting everything in sight," said Craig Farmer, a neighbor. "When I saw his face, I took off running when I realized what he was doing."
As the morning goes on, more law enforcement agencies have shown up to investigate, including the State Fire Marshal and the Lee County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit.
We'll continue to gather more information from the scene and keep you updated throughout the day.