Brooksville man arrested on attempted murder charge after shot fired

SPRING HILL — The man was walking home on Robles Avenue last week when he caught a glimpse of an approaching silver, two-door 1996 Pontiac. He heard a familiar voice yell his name.

Then came a gunshot from the driver's side window.

The bullet missed Robert Puckett, who ran home and contacted the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. He told detectives the voice of the driver and the car seemed familiar.

Deputies tracked down a man who is not only familiar to Puckett, but a man familiar to authorities because of his lengthy criminal history.

Lamel Arkeith Frazier, 30, of Brooksville, faces charges of attempted murder in connection with the April 28 shooting. Frazier was arrested Sunday and was subsequently charged with possession of crack cocaine, marijuana and a firearm following a search of his home.

He remained at the Hernando County Jail on Monday and was being held without bail.

According to the arrest report, Puckett told the Sheriff's Office that a man had fired a gun at him. Deputies at the scene later recovered a spent casing from a .22-caliber pistol.

During an interview with detectives on Thursday, Puckett said the owner of the Firebird had been an acquaintance for about a year, someone called "Dee." Puckett recalled when he heard the driver yell his name from the car before shooting, the voice sounded a lot like Dee's.

Puckett told the detectives "he cannot believe that he is still alive," according to the report.

Frazier allegedly had a dispute with Puckett over money, said Sgt. Donna Black, a spokeswoman with the Sheriff's Office.

Puckett later picked out Frazier from a photo display and identified the car parked in front of Frazier's home in the 19200 block of Barnett Road, according to the report. The car is registered to Frazier.

Detectives secured a search warrant and went to Frazier's home Sunday. During the search, deputies found 21.6 grams of crack cocaine, 124 grams of marijuana in his bedroom, two shotguns, a rifle, a pistol and five rounds of ammunition.

Frazier later admitted the crack and marijuana belonged to him but denied owning the weapons.

According to public records, Frazier has been arrested at least 10 times, on charges ranging from aggravated battery to sale of cocaine and robbery.

Brooksville man arrested on attempted murder charge after shot fired 05/04/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 4, 2009 7:54pm]

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