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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]
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