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Man accused of shooting at Pasco deputy arrested

DADE CITY — The wanted 33-year-old man who was suspected of shooting at a Pasco County sheriff's deputy in Dade City on Monday night has been arrested on charges of attempted murder.

Deputies said Theofohilus Himber Burns was spotted sitting on a porch at 37330 Oak Street in Dade City about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was taken into custody without incident and booked at the Pasco County Jail, where he remains without bail.

About 10:30 p.m. Monday, Deputy Steven Napoleon was responding to a call about shots fired at the Dade Oaks Apartments, at Acorn Loop and 14th Street, when a man pointed a handgun at him. Napoleon took cover in his car as the man shot at him at least once. He chased the gunman but lost him. Napoleon was not injured, and Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said Napoleon was back to work the next day.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay asked the public for help finding the shooter, and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office identified him as Burns on Wednesday.

Burns' criminal record includes a 1994 conviction for manslaughter. He was 18 when he shot and killed Curtis Earl, 23, on the streets of Dade City, according to records. Earl also had a gun and Burns told deputies he was defending himself. Burns was released from prison in 1998.

Man accused of shooting at Pasco deputy arrested 06/25/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 25, 2009 10:09am]
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