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Man charged in July shooting at Port Richey house

PORT RICHEY

Burglary suspect shot door, deputies say

A felon looking for money and drugs to pay his bills shot his way into a home where a man, woman and two children were inside, authorities said.

James Eugene Collins Jr., 23, fired once at the front door of the house on Stone Road about 12:30 a.m. July 27 and, when that didn't work, he went around back and fired into the glass door, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. Collins was able to get inside, deputies said, and attempted to fire once at the male victim. The gun didn't fire and the man struggled with Collins for the weapon, the report states. In the brawl, the gunman lost his weapon and the bandanna covering his face. He fled. The victims were not injured.

It appears Collins and the male victim knew each other, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.

Collins, who is homeless, was arrested Tuesday and is charged with armed burglary, assault with intent to commit a felony, shooting into an occupied dwelling and aggravated stalking. He served a three-year prison sentence for robbery with a weapon and grand theft, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. He was released nearly one year ago, on Sept. 17, 2010.

Collins is being held without bail at the Pasco jail.

Man charged in July shooting at Port Richey house 09/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:22pm]
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