LAND O'LAKES — Two days after Dustin Sean White was shot and killed during a fight outside a party, Pasco sheriff's detectives arrested a 19-year-old man.
Douglas Gabriel Cevallos Jr. of 2900 Banyon Hill Lane shot White, 17, with a .40-caliber handgun that fell from the pocket of someone involved in the fight, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Tuesday, Cevallos was charged with manslaughter.
"It doesn't look like he had the intent to shoot and kill White," Doll said.
The charge could be upgraded to murder by the Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney's Office "if the evidence rates a higher charge," Doll said.
Early Sunday, White and Cevallos were at a party at 4508 Parkway Blvd. The house is owned by Gary and Erin Breesman, according to the property appraiser's records.
During the party, two brothers, who aren't being identified because they are witnesses, were asked to leave for some reason, Doll said. White stayed inside the house.
The brothers went outside to the parking lot of a nearby clubhouse at Lake Padgett Estates East, Doll said, and got into a fight about 2 a.m. with other people who were at the party.
White eventually went outside, Doll said, but it's unclear if he was going to break up the fight or join in.
As one of the brothers was being beaten, Doll said, the gun fell from his pocket. Doll said the man had a concealed weapons permit for the gun.
Then Cevallos picked up the weapon, Doll said.
"Cevallos waves the gun, shoots it, hits and kills White," Doll said.
Tuesday was Cevallos' first arrest, records show.
Cevallos was being booked into the Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday afternoon. His bail had not yet been set.
The person who answered the phone at Cevallos' home declined to comment Tuesday afternoon.
White's family could not be reached for comment.
White, 22431 Stillwood Drive, had just finished his junior year at Land O'Lakes High School.
Grief counselors are on hand at his school this week.
Times researcher Will Gorham contributed to this story. Camille C. Spencer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 909-4609.