Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Man who shot gun in Largo office building sentenced to probation

Frederick Sumner

Frederick Sumner, 53

A Largo man has been sentenced to 10 years of probation for a frightening incident in which he opened fire inside a Largo office building, apparently because he thought his wife was having an affair.

Fred Michael Sumner, 53, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to shooting within an occupied dwelling, criminal mischief and battery.

One morning in February 2013, Sumner walked into an office building where his wife worked and started firing a semiautomatic handgun. He turned the gun on himself and shot into his abdomen. The shooting occurred at Bayview Pavilion, a three-story office building at 15550 Lightwave Drive, near the intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and 49th Street.

Though no one else was hurt, the shooting was terrifying for other officer workers in the building that day.

Sumner's attorney Deborah Moss said in an interview Wednesday that state sentencing guidelines did not call for giving him a prison sentence. She said he spent about a year in the hospital, and still suffers severe health problems from shooting himself.

On probation, Sumner will not be allowed to own a gun and his mental health will be monitored, Moss said.

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