Suspect In Custody After Clearwater Surf Shop Murder
It’s a rarity for sure, but a deadly shooting occurred at a surf shop in Clearwater on Tuesday. Thankfully, police quickly identified a suspect and arrested him the following night. That man is Johnathon Stanley. The Clearwater Police Department charged Stanley with second degree murder after tracking him down to the Clearwater Mall on Wednesday night.
Police were called to the Surf Style at 315 South Gulfview Boulevard in Clearwater on Tuesday night about a shooting that happened inside the store. When officers arrived, they found the victim, 22-year-old Rodney Sweeney of Largo, suffering from gunshot wounds on the second floor of the building. The victim was sent to Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, where he later died from his injuries. Security surveillance video showed the victim interacting with three other men shortly before the shooting, which escalated into a flight, followed by the shooting. Investigators say they are still piecing together what happened. Photos of the other suspects can be seen here.
Clearwater Police have increased patrols in the area and remind residents and tourists that Clearwater is a safe place, but unfortunately crime does happen wherever you go. Additional police presence is always added during Spring Break, and this year is no exception. Anyone who may have any additional information about the case in encouraged to call Clearwater police at 727-562-4242. Source: Fox13News.com
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