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Police accuse 17-year-old of shooting at security officer

ST. PETERSBURG — Another private security officer involved in a shooting. Another young male accused of wielding the gun. Another violent episode linked to warring rivals inside Mariner's Pointe Apartments.

Private security officer Joel Turner and several residents came under gunfire inside the complex about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to St. Petersburg police. No one was injured, including Turner, 46.

But the incident took place in the same complex where police say security officer Mathew Little was found dead five months ago.

Little, 26, was shot in the back of the head, ambushed May 16 while on foot patrol. Both Little and Turner worked for Critical Intervention Services, a Largo security firm that patrols Mariner's Pointe.

A 20-year-old man was arrested 24 hours after Little's slaying. But detectives only needed an hour to make an arrest in Sunday's shooting: 17-year-old Jaron Alphonso Crowell.

"He said he wasn't aiming at the security officer," said police spokesman Mike Puetz. "He said that there were a couple of guys standing near the security officer that he was trying to scare."

Earlier Sunday, Crowell and some friends had an altercation with a rival group inside the complex at 1175 Pinellas Point Drive S, police say.

Crowell left the complex, police said, and returned armed. "It doesn't sound like he was happy with the outcome," Puetz said. Turner was on patrol when he heard gunshots and went to investigate. He was interviewing residents when police say the group saw Crowell standing outside the complex's rear gate. He fired twice, police say, then ran.

"(Turner) didn't feel like he was targeted," said Hector Rodriguez, a major with CIS. "But he felt the residents he was with were targeted."

Detectives later found Crowell at home at 1329 62nd Ter. S. He was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, being a delinquent in possession of a firearm and violation of his conditional release on a 2010 charge of armed robbery. He was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.

Crowell attended Bayside High School, a school for at-risk students. He had two revolvers on him, a .44 magnum and a .38, according to police, and ammunition for three other kinds of guns.

Police accuse 17-year-old of shooting at security officer 10/24/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 12:20am]
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