Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Largo burglary suspect arrested after shooting with police

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A burglary suspect was captured Friday, a day after eluding Largo police who had tracked him to a Pinellas County residence, officials said.

While fleeing officers Thursday night, the suspect and a Largo police officer exchanged gunfire.

Pinellas County deputies took Terry Lamar James, 19, of Clearwater into custody on two counts of home invasion robbery after receiving a tip on his location. He has also been charged with attempted murder on law enforcement, felon in possession of a firearm and violation of probation.

James was being sought by Largo police in connection with two armed home invasions.

Police, responding at 9:20 p.m. Thursday to a report of a home invasion at 6301 144th St. N., determined James was armed and inside the residence.

Largo police requested assistance from Pinellas deputies, and law enforcement set a perimeter around the house.

About 11:17 p.m., police said, James fled from the rear of the home. While fleeing, police said, James made physical contact with a Largo officer, and both fired weapons.

The officer wasn’t injured, police said.

On Friday, after receiving a tip, deputies began surveillance at the Suburban Lodge Motel on Ulmerton Road. A suspicious vehicle arrived at the location, and deputies followed it to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinellas Park.

Deputies said James and two other people in the vehicle realized they were being watched and exited the car. James was captured after running into a residential neighborhood.

James enticed deputies to shoot him, the sheriff’s office said, and subdued him with a stun gun. James was arrested without further incident, deputies said.

The two other people in the vehicle with James, a male and a female, were interviewed, but there were no additional arrests.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the confrontation between James and the officer. As per policy, the officer has been placed on administrative leave.

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