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Deputies say a false police report led them to shooting suspect

WESLEY CHAPEL — When a man reported his 1998 Chevrolet pickup stolen Sunday night, Pasco deputies promptly arrested him. They said he knew exactly where his truck was. He had left it near the Angus Valley home he sprayed with bullets just a few hours earlier.

Gary Traver, 30, who is also known as "Country Boy," pulled up to a mobile home on Glenhaven Road about 8 p.m. Sunday and began shooting, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office report.

No one in the house, including a 3-year-old child, was injured, the report said. But there were several bullet holes in the house and a car parked outside it.

Traver began driving away as an officer arrived on the scene, but he and a passenger, Jeremy Livingston, jumped out and ran into a wooded area, the report said.

Just over two hours later, Traver reported his truck missing, saying someone had stolen it from his driveway. Deputies believe that was just a ruse to distance himself from the shooting.

Livingston told deputies that Traver was the shooter. It's unclear what prompted the shooting. Deputies are still investigating.

Traver, of 38813 County Road 54 No. 5 in Zephyrhills, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling. He had been previously arrested and charged with crimes ranging from driving with a suspended license to burglary. He remained Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $20,150 bail.

Deputies also charged him with filing a false police report.

Vivian Yee can be reached at (727) 869-6236 or vyee@sptimes.com.

Deputies say a false police report led them to shooting suspect 06/15/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:22pm]
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