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Arrest made in fatal Tampa drive-by shooting

TAMPA — A man accused of the drive-by shooting outside North Boulevard Homes that left one person dead and a second wounded has been arrested, Tampa police said Saturday.

Gerald Cheatham, 32, was arrested Friday at 6:30 p.m. while he was hiding out at 4212 E. Osborne Ave. in Tampa, according to police. He was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing a gun from a vehicle.

Police say Cheatham shot and killed Benny Brown, 22, on Jan. 19 as Cheatham drove by at Main Street and Rome Avenue. His brother, Braden Brown, 26, also was shot and is expected to survive.

Police say the brothers were standing outside, throwing a football back and forth when they were shot. Police think the attack arose from an ongoing dispute.

Tampa police and U.S. marshals had tracked Cheatham to the Osborne Avenue address, surrounded the home and ordered its occupants to come out. Police said Cheatham surrendered after a few minutes without a fight.

Arrest made in fatal Tampa drive-by shooting 01/25/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:16pm]
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