Arrest made after Microsoft exec, father of 4, was shot and killed in ‘targeted ambush’: Police

Nearly a year after Jared Bridegan, a Microsoft executive and father of four, was shot and killed on a Florida highway in what authorities called a targeted ambush, a suspect has been arrested in connection with his slaying, the company announced. police on Wednesday.

Bridegan was driving with her 2-year-old daughter in Jacksonville Beach on February 16, 2022, when she ran into a tire blocking her path, police said. When he got out of the car, he was “murdered in cold blood,” Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Gene Paul Smith said.

PHOTO: In this April 19, 2022 file photo, a family portrait of Jared and Kirsten Bridegan is shown with their daughter Bexley, now 2, at a candlelight vigil in memory of the husband and father of 33 years, at Jacksonville Beach.

In this April 19, 2022 file photo, a family portrait of Jared and Kirsten Bridegan with their daughter Bexley, now 2, is displayed at a candlelight vigil in memory of the husband and father of 33 years, in Jacksonville. Beach. .

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“This was a plan and a targeted ambush and murder,” Smith told reporters during a news conference Wednesday announcing an arrest in the case.

Henry Tenon, 61, was arrested Wednesday on charges including conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree murder with a weapon and accessory to a capital offense.

“We know that Henry Tenon did not act alone,” State’s Attorney Melissa Nelson said at the news conference.

PHOTO: The Jacksonville Beach Police Department displayed Henry Tenon's booking photo during a press conference on January 25, 2023.

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department displayed Henry Tenon’s stock photo during a press conference on January 25, 2023.

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Tenon also faces a charge of child abuse because Bridegan’s 2-year-old son, who was strapped into his car seat, was “directly in danger” when he was fatally shot, Nelson said.

Identification of a Ford F-150 seen at the crime scene at the time of the shooting led to the arrest, Smith said.

Tenon is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning, after which prosecutors will seek an indictment for first-degree murder, Nelson said. It is not clear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

The state obtained a court order sealing Tenon’s arrest warrant and affidavit for the next 30 days to “protect the integrity” of the investigation, Nelson said.

Bridegan was driving home after dropping off the twins he shares with his ex-wife when he ran into the “on purpose” tire and was shot, Smith said. Nothing was stolen, she said.

PHOTO: In this April 19, 2022 file photo, Kirsten Bridegan and her 2-year-old daughter Bexley Bridegan look into their candle flames during a vigil at South Beach Park and Sunshine Playground in Jacksonville Beach.

In this April 19, 2022 file photo, Kirsten Bridegan and her 2-year-old daughter Bexley Bridegan look into their candle flames during a vigil at South Beach Park and Sunshine Playground in Jacksonville Beach.

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Bridegan’s wife, Kirsten Bridegan, told ABC News last year that she believed the attack was targeted.

“Some coward caught him and pulled him out and that’s not right,” said his widow, who had two children with Bridegan, then 2, and a younger daughter who was at home with his wife at the time of the attack. shooting.

She described her husband as a creative, funny and loving father who would do anything for their four children.

“He loved being a father. I really loved him,” he said. “He would spend hours organizing some activity that he thought would be awesome.”

ABC News’ Melissa Gaffney contributed to this report.

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