Published: Jul 25, 2013 12:47 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 25, 2013 7:36 PM EDT

CHAROTTE COUNTY, Fla. -  A 911 dispatcher stayed on the line for more than half an hour after ex-boyfriend Donald Hierspeil shot his way into Cynithia Wofford's Port Charlotte home.

"She has a restraining order on her boyfriend her boyfriend is at her house right now and she ran to my house," said a neighbor.  

"I went to bed and I laid down and then we heard a bang and there was shattered glass in the back. He shot through the back door and then he came in," Wofford said.

Deputies say Hierspiel threw gasoline on wofford then pointed a gun and knife at her.

 Wofford escaped and ran across the street, where she and her neighbors watched from their back lanai as the home began to burn.

 "Your house is on fire! My house is on fire," Wofford said.

Deputies went door to door telling residents to stay inside.

"My husband said there was a gunshot before he heard a gunshot we all did right before the smoke started coming before the fire started," the neighbor stated.

Several hours later, they found Hierspiel's body in Wofford's garage.

 "Their whole relationship was messed up. He's on pills. I don't know what else he's on. But he just seems really out of it. He has almost like a split personality."

Neighbors tell Wink News Cynthia Wofford is doing well and staying nearby in a temporary residence. She plans to rebuild her home.

-- Kristen Skovira Reporter WINK News 303-596-6538