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Man drives truck into house after being fatally shot in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Police found a man dead with a gunshot wound to his torso in the front seat of a red pickup that crashed into a home late Wednesday.

Clifford E. Brown, 30, of 1238 43rd Street S was pronounced dead at the scene at 4341 Dartmouth Ave. N just before midnight, police said.

The truck crashed into a home owned by Paula Dominguez, where a broken window and tire marks were still visible Thursday morning.

Dominguez said she heard two gunshots about 11:45 p.m. and jumped behind her bed about a minute later when headlights beamed through her window. She said her boyfriend, Curtis Bozeman, rushed out, turned off the truck and put it in park. He tried to talk to Brown as Dominguez called 911. Brown appeared to die as she made the call, Dominguez said.

"I was absolutely surprised," said Dominguez, who moved here two weeks ago from West Palm Beach. "But it's not surprising to hear gunshots."

Dominguez said Brown was shot in the left side.

Brown's family members were at the scene this morning and his fiancee, Krystal Noble, 30, was angry that police had finished at the scene and left.

"Why is nobody here investigating?" she asked.

Noble said Brown was previously shot on Jan. 19 and that police had arrested two of three suspects. Police, however, said he was shot on Jan. 20 and the investigation is ongoing.

Police believe Wednesday's shooting occurred near the crash site and that there are "drug overtones" to the case. They describe him as having "an extensive criminal history that includes weapons and drug charges." Brown has served jail time for various drug-related charges, including possession of cocaine and operating a drug house, according to the Pinellas County Jail Web site.

Police have not released information regarding suspects.

Man drives truck into house after being fatally shot in St. Petersburg 05/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 21, 2009 6:43pm]
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