By MICHAEL LAFORGIA
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Updated: 5:22 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
Posted: 1:50 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
A woman who city detectives say was shot and wounded by an off-duty Florida Atlantic University police officer died this morning of her injuries, and investigators this afternoon added a first-degree murder charge to the allegations against him, police said.
Jimmy Dac Ho, 47, of Boynton Beach was arrested Tuesday in the shooting of Sheri Carter, 29, an escort who advertised her services on a website that has factored in numerous prostitution and human trafficking investigations.
Police said Ho arranged to meet Carter, who went by “Stephanie” and posed in her underwear in Internet advertisements, for sex at her apartment on Monday at 625 Casa Loma Boulevard in Boynton Beach.
Ho gave differing versions of what led to the shooting, claiming self defense and fear of robbery, but told detectives he handcuffed Carter and then shot her in a struggle with a .38-caliber pistol.
She died at Delray Medical Center at 8:35 a.m. today, according to a supplemental affidavit for Ho’s arrest.
He was taken into custody, initially on attempted murder and other charges, and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail.
Ho was hospitalized Thursday at Wellington Regional Medical Center after he tried to hang himself in his cell, authorities said. An update on his condition this afternoon wasn’t immediately available.
Ho joined FAU police in 2006 after stints with Lauderhill police and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, which fired him in 2004 amid allegations that he beat his ex-wife, court documents and state records show.
While at FAU, Ho made some co-workers uneasy, sending one woman who worked with him unsolicited text messages and belittling other officers, according to memos in his personnel file.
On one occasion, he forced a drunken student who spat on a security camera in a residence hall elevator to lick the spit off the lens. On others, a woman who worked in the residence hall suspected he was spying on her through the security camera system and even tracking her movements around campus, personnel records show.
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