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Man shot by sheriff's corporal had lengthy arrest record

TAMPA — Aisha Warren told Hillsborough sheriff's officials Thursday that a deputy saved her life and those of her three children by killing Richard Longstreet, authorities said.

Sheriff's Cpl. Mark Clark shot Longstreet, 34, on a Riverview roadside as Longstreet struggled with Warren for a gun and Clark's Taser didn't stop him.

Longstreet has a lengthy arrest history that includes violence. In April, he was charged with aggravated stalking and throwing or shooting a deadly missile into an occupied structure.

The eight charges on his rap sheet since 1996 also include possession of cocaine with intent to sell and resisting or obstructing an officer and grand theft, Hillsborough County records say.

Here's what authorities say happened in Longstreet's fatal encounter with the law:

Clark, 47, a 23-year veteran of the department, responded to a domestic disturbance call from Warren, who was with Longstreet at a Publix supermarket at Big Bend Road and U.S. 301.

When Clark arrived about at 12:30 p.m., he spoke with Warren, 30, who declined help.

She then drove off in a Nissan Altima, with Longstreet in the car. Three children, thought to be 2, 6 and 12 years old, were in the back seat.

Clark followed a short distance behind.

The couple soon pulled over south of Symmes Road on the east side of U.S. 301.

They appeared to be fighting again as Clark approached the vehicle.

Longstreet got out of the car and spoke with Clark but then jumped back in the car and pulled a pistol from under the seat.

As Warren tried to grab the gun from Longstreet, Clark pulled his Taser and jolted Longstreet in the leg.

Longstreet reacted to the shock, but managed to kick the Taser away.

He continued to struggle and wave the gun around at Clark, Warren and the children, said sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon.

Clark pulled his pistol and fired once, hitting Longstreet in the upper body, killing him. No one else was injured. The children were taken into state custody.

Officials said Warren had previously sought a domestic injunction against Longstreet. Warren, who lives in Gibsonton, also has a string of arrests, with charges ranging from abandoning an animal to marijuana possession and disorderly conduct.

She could not be reached Friday.

Clark was on the standard administrative leave Friday with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation..

Clark has never before been involved in a similar incident, said Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee.

Clark has been a traffic homicide investigator and traffic safety specialist with the department.

Man shot by sheriff's corporal had lengthy arrest record 12/25/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 25, 2009 10:14pm]
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