TAMPA — Police made an arrest Friday in the May killing of a Texas man in New Tampa.
Demetrio Earle, 27, faces charged of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, Tampa police announced Friday evening, for the May 31 shooting death of Reggie Adams, 20, a Pasco County native who lived in El Paso, Texas. Adams was in the area for his sister's high school graduation.
The afternoon of May 31, Adams and a friend met Earle, police said, in the parking lot of the McDonalds at 19080 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Adams and his friend met Earle at the restaurant near Interstate 75, police said, "to sell an unknown item."
Some kind of altercation happened and Adams and his friend drove off. Earle chased, police said, and fired into the car, hitting Adams in the chest and his friend in the arm. The shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. A friend drove Adams to Pasco Regional Medical Center about 5 p.m. He died there.
Adams grew up in Dade City and moved to El Paso after he graduated high school. He left behind a pregnant girlfriend his family said he planned to propose to soon.