Ex-jail deputy shot in dispute with neighbor
A former Pasco jail deputy was in serious condition Tuesday evening after being shot twice in the chest by a neighbor, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said the man was shot in his own yard in the 17000 block of Haddock Drive. He was flown to a hospital in serious condition. His name was not released Tuesday evening. The shooting happened about 5:40 p.m. Doll said the suspect has been detained for questioning and the dispute between the neighbors has been ongoing for some time.
Reward offered in shooting at deputy
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the identity or location of the man who shot at a Pasco deputy Monday night. Deputy Steven Napoleon, 37, was not injured. He was responding about 10:30 p.m. to a call of shots fired near the Dade Oaks Apartments. Napoleon saw a man walking along Acorn Loop, so he got out of his car, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said. When the deputy confronted him, the man turned around and pointed a handgun at him. The deputy got back in his car, and the man fired at least one shot at him, Doll said. The deputy drove after the man, and other officers came to the area to search for him but did not find him, Doll said. The gunman is described as a black male who is 25 to 30 years old and 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall and who weighs more than 200 pounds. Anyone with information may make an anonymous report by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 873-TIPS (8477), going online to www.crimestopperstb.com or texting CSTB plus your tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637). Tips also may be left anonymously on the Pasco Sheriff's Office Crime Tips Line at (800) 706-2488.
Man accused of beating teen
Authorities say a 37-year-old man beat up a teenager at a Dade City home Monday afternoon — breaking the 17-year-old's nose, trying to choke him and hitting him on the head with a cinder block. Jeffrey Scott Gonzales, of 20510 U.S. 98 in Dade City, is charged with aggravated child abuse and violating a domestic violence injunction. As of Tuesday, he was being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $30,000 bail. According to a report from the Pasco Sheriff's Office, the teenager did not have life-threatening injuries. Deputies did not disclose the victim's identity.
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