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Quarrel Leaves Man Dead In Hotel Parking Lot
The shooting took place in the parking lot of the La Quinta Hotel & Suites, 602 S. Falkenburg Road.
Man, 92, Jailed
Man Charged In Attack Of Elderly Woman
       The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a deadly fatal shooting that took place last Wednesday afternoon. The in- cident left one man dead.
According to police, just before 4:30 p. m., Wednesday, Detective Alex Bailey was in the area of S. Falkenburg Road and E. Adamo Drive. Wit- nesses to a shooting made him aware that a shooting had just occurred in the parking lot of the La Quinta Hotel & Suites, 602 S. Falkenburg Road.
The witnesses told Det. Bailey that a red sedan leav- ing the parking lot of the La Quinta at a high rate of speed had been involved in the shoot- ing.
Detective Bailey, along with the assistance of several undercover deputies, was able
to take the shooter into cus- tody before a 9-1-1 call was even made to the Communica- tions Bureau.
Once in custody, the shooter said that he and the decedent had gotten into a ver- bal altercation, and the dece- dent threatened him with a knife. In fear for his life, the shooter fired at the decedent, killing him.
Police did not release any additional information about the victim or the suspect. The investigation is continuing.
Chad Chronister, Hills- borough County Sheriff said, “Detective Bailey’s swift ac- tions prevented the shooter from getting away and I want to commend him and the other deputies who stepped up to the plate before the call was even made.”
A 92-year-old man was taken into custody after he re- portedly shot a woman. The vic- tim was listed in stable condition.
According to the Tampa Po- lice Department, the incident took place around 6:45 a.m., Thursday. Police responded to the 1600 block of E. Mulberry in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived, they discovered that a woman was suffering from two gunshot wounds. She was transported to a local hos- pital. The man, identified as Walter Kelly, was taken into custody and charged with ag- gravated battery with a deadly weapon (domestic violence).
Information provided to po- lice suggested that the two had been heard arguing for an ex- tended period of time prior to the shooting.
tives continued work on devel- oping leads, they received a tip through Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay that the suspect was reportedly at the Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave.
Officers spotted a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the parking lot and saw Whitehead enter the building. The officers ap- proached and took Whitehead into custody without incident.
Whitehead was trans- ported to Orient Road Jail, charged with aggravated bat- tery on a victim 65 years of age or older. Additionally, he was charged with violation of pro- bation as he was on active felony probation, which began on October 31, 2020, for co- caine sale, delivery, manufac- ture and obstructing a crime investigation.
For Shooting
Elderly Woman
A 55-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an attack of a woman last Thurs- day. The woman was walking to work in the 5100 block of N. Nebraska Avenue, when the at- tack took place.
According to Tampa Police, the suspect was in a dark-col- ored 2008-12 Honda Accord coupe when the victim noticed he was following her. The sus- pect then approached the vic- tim and tried to proposition her. The victim reportedly told him to leave her alone and then tripped as she tried to run to a nearby business. The man caught up to her and began kicking and punching her around the head and upper body. The man then got into his car and left.
The victim was transported to a nearby hospital with seri- ous injuries and multiple lacer- ations. She currently remains hospitalized and is being closely monitored for possible cardiac injury stemming from a bruised heart as a result of the assault.
After receiving information from Crime Stoppers, who had offered a reward of up to $5,000 in the case, detectives were able to gather informa- tion that led then to 55-year- old Antonio Whitehead as a possible suspect in the case.
Late Friday night, as detec-
  Double Murder Suspect Barricades Self In Room
 A 35-year-old man was ar- rested this past weekend and charged with a double murder. Tips led police to the location where the man had barricaded himself in a room.
According to the St. Peters- burg Police Department, last Wednesday morning, the bod- ies of two people were found in a car in the 1400 block of 34th Street, South. The two, identi- fied as 27-year-old Larrisha Williams and 23-year-old Jerome Clark, both of St. Pe- tersburg.
Detectives were searching for an individual observed walking on surveillance video around the time of the double murder. As detectives continued their investigation they received a tip the follow-
   ing day that Andre Watkins was staying in a room at the Bayway Inn, 4400 34th Street, South.
Watkins reportedly barri- caded himself in the room and refused to come out. Police closed the street in both direc- tions and called in the SWAT
After about four hours,
Watkins peacefully surren- dered. He was charged with two counts of first-degree mur- der in the deaths of Clark and Ms. Williams.
Police did not release a mo- tive for the double murder.

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