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Arrest warrant issued for man wanted in slaying of St. Petersburg father

Denzel Rashad Tarver

Denzel Rashad Tarver

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have identified the man they believe fatally shot a 34-year-old father of six in Jordan Park on Monday evening.

Denzel Rashad Tarver, 26, is wanted on a charge of second-degree murder, according to St. Petersburg police, in the death of Timothy K. Davis Jr. An arrest warrant has been issued for Tarver and police are asking for the public's help finding him.

Davis was killed in an incident that police said took place around 6:30 p.m. at the public housing complex near 11th Avenue S and 23rd Street. Tarver shot Davis and then fled the area, police said.

Officers arrived at the scene about 90 seconds after the shooting and attempted to revive Davis with CPR. Paramedics then arrived, but Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Davis' mother, Sharon Watson, called her son a "diehard father" who wanted to make up for the time he had to spend away from his children. He was released from state prison last year and was planning to get married soon.

The arrest warrant for Tarver was obtained Tuesday. He is described as 5-foot-2 and about 140 pounds. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact St. Petersburg police at (727) 893-7780 or text "SPPD" and an anonymous tip to (727) 847-411.

Arrest warrant issued for man wanted in slaying of St. Petersburg father 05/17/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:32pm]
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