Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

New Port Richey man dies from gunshot wound

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 22-year-old man who was shot in the head by a friend died Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Jerome Leake went to visit Mathew Santos at 5145 Tilson Drive in New Port Richey on Saturday afternoon, a Pasco Sheriff's report states. Santos showed him a .380 semi-automatic handgun. Leake asked to hold the gun and when Santos refused, he reached for it. Santos fired a bullet into Leake's head, just above his right ear, according to the report.

Santos, 21, was charged with aggravated battery and was being held on Monday in lieu of $500,000 bail at a Pasco County jail.

An upgraded charge is pending, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Leake was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and, on Sunday, was listed in critical condition with no brain activity.

He was taken off life support around 4 p.m.

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