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Marijuana deal gone awry leaves one man dead, another injured in Tampa

TAMPA — A marijuana deal gone bad left one man dead and another with a bullet wound to the forehead, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

A felon who deputies say opened fire and shot the two men in an apartment complex on Trout River Drive is in custody.

Before 2 p.m. Wednesday, Alton Demetrius Smith, 24, arrived at the apartment to buy 28 grams of marijuana for $210. But his transaction with 25-year-old Zayroone R. Toussaint turned ugly quickly.

The two started to argue, according to sheriff's officials, prompting Christopher M. Riley, 21, to arm himself with a handgun before stepping out of his bedroom in the rear of the apartment. When Riley came out, he saw Toussaint and Smith in a fight, deputies said. Riley told investigators he saw Smith stand over his friend and shoot him with a handgun.

Toussaint later died.

Riley began to shoot at Smith, deputies said, who then ran out the front door as Riley chased him outside, where the two began to scuffle.

A witness said the men fought over Smith's gun. Smith shot Riley, the witness told deputies, and Smith fled in his vehicle.

He was soon pulled over speeding by Tampa police and turned over to deputies.

Riley is expected to survive.

Deputies said Smith admitted he went to the apartment complex, armed with a gun, to buy marijuana.

Smith faces charges of second-degree murder, attempted first-degree felony murder and a felon in possession of a firearm. He was being held Thursday in Hillsborough County jail without bail.

Contact Sara DiNatale at [email protected] Follow @sara_dinatale.

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