Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Public safety

Man arrested in Sulphur Springs shooting death

TAMPA — A man wanted in a fatal shooting in Sulphur Springs last week was arrested Tuesday night in Polk County.

Johnson Louis, 18, had been sought on a warrant for second-degree murder in the March 20 death of Keith J. Jones, 35, who was gunned down in front of a home at 8108 N Semmes St.

Louis and Jones got into an argument early that morning as Jones stood in the driveway of the home. At some point, Louis pulled a gun and shot Jones, according to Tampa police.

Jones was taken to a local hospital, where he died. In the days that followed, Tampa police detectives identified Louis as the gunman and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

A search led members of a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force to a small house near Banks Road and Alternate U.S. Highway 27 in Frostproof, Polk County, police said. After hours of surveillance, the team saw Louis was in the home. He was arrested just before 7 p.m.

Louis has several prior arrests on violent criminal charges, state records show. In 2012 alone, he faced charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a weapon in addition to grand theft and drug possession. He has also been arrested multiple times for probation violations and failure to appear in court, records show.

Louis remained in jail Wednesday, awaiting return to Hillsborough.

Police said they are still investigating a fire that happened a day after the shooting at a duplex directly across the street at 8109 Semmes St. The fire, which broke out in the empty home about 3:30 a.m., was later ruled to be the result of arson.

Police have not said whether the shooting and the fire might be linked.

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