Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Clearwater homicide detectives investigate teen's death

Homicide detectives on Wednesday investigate a youth’s death at 1102 Sunset Point Road.


Homicide detectives on Wednesday investigate a youth’s death at 1102 Sunset Point Road.

CLEARWATER — Homicide detectives Wednesday night still were investigating the death of a 16-year-old after it took them the better part of a day to obtain a search warrant for his apartment.

About 8 a.m. Wednesday, police responded to a 911 call reporting that gunshots were fired at 1102 Sunset Point Road, a one-story complex called Del-Ray Apartments. After entering the apartment, police discovered a body but "no immediate threat," according to Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.

Watts said the teen suffered at least one fatal gunshot wound. He was identified as Jason Richard Henderson late Wednesday.

Police do not believe the murder was a random act, Watts said, and were working to identify a motive and suspect or suspects.

After police discovered the body, they left the apartment because another person also was listed as a primary inhabitant of the residence. They waited on a search warrant to re-enter the home.

At 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, almost nine hours after the reported gunshots, Watts said detectives were close to receiving a signed warrant from a judge. They were able to enter about 5:30 p.m., she said.

While police, detectives and forensics examiners waited outside the apartment complex Wednesday morning behind yellow caution tape, they romped with a frisky pit bull puppy that had been removed from the apartment complex.

Pinellas County Animal Control arrived to pick up the pup, along with two other pit bulls.

Neighbors watching the gaggle of police vehicles from their driveways said they had noticed a recent uptick of foot and vehicular traffic around the building.

Clearwater homicide detectives investigate teen's death 06/09/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:37pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pinellas County receives $30 million for beach renourishment

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– While Pinellas beaches continually rank among the best in America, they need help to stay that way.

    The Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $30 million to help with beach renourishment at several Pinellas locations, including including Sand Key, Treasure Island and Upham Beach. This photo from 2014 shows how waves from high tides caused beach erosion at Sunset Beach near Mansions by the Sea condominium complex SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

  2. Straz Center parking squeeze infuriates patrons, motivates search for solutions


    TAMPA — When the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts opened 30 years ago, it welcomed just 30,000 patrons its first year.

    Fireworks shoot into the sky over the David A. Straz Jr. Center For The Performing Arts. [SCOTT MCINTYRE, Times]
  3. Video shows naked man who stole swan sculpture in Lakeland, deputies say


    The Polk County Sheriff's Office is searching for a naked man who stole a large black and white swan sculpture from a Lakeland storage facility last weekend.

    The Polk County Sheriff's Office says this naked man stole a large black and white swan sculpture, upper right, from a Lakeland storage facility last weekend. Surveillance video showed the man walking into Lakeland Cold Storage. [Polk County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Fennelly: Dirk Koetter's apology no way to keep this fidget spinning


    TAMPA — It all began with a fidget spinner.

    This tweet from the Bucs, mocking the Falcons' 28-3 lead they lost in the Super Bowl against the Falcons, prompted a public apology from head coach Dirk Koetter, who called it "unprofessional and not smart."
  5. Jeb money trickles into Putnam's bid for governor


    Money from a Jeb Bush super PAC has made its way into Florida’s 2018 governors race.
    A year ago, Bush’s Right to Rise PAC put $1,171 in money