Saturday, February 24, 2018
Public safety

Police arrest man wanted in St. Petersburg shooting death

ST. PETERSBURG — A 19-year-old suspected of shooting a man to death during a carjacking attempt last weekend was arrested Wednesday.

Shirune Dometrius Green was arrested about 7:15 p.m. after police received a tip that he was hiding in a unit in the Pinellas Point Apartments, 2125 62nd Place S.

Police said a female occupant of the apartment allowed officers to search, after which they found Green hiding in a pile of dirty laundry inside a closet. He refused to surrender and was bitten in the arm by a police dog.

Green faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Floyd Lassiter, 53, who was shot during an armed carjacking in the early hours of May 10. Two nights before, Lassiter's keys were taken by thieves who broke into his home at 1837 25th St. S.

After his arrest, Green was taken to a hospital for treatment, where police learned he had a bullet wound in his upper body, which he may have received during the carjacking, police said.

Police believe Green and at least one other person tried to steal Lassiter's car from his driveway and, when Lassiter tried to fight them off, shot him multiple times. Lassiter died later that morning.

Green has been arrested 13 times since 2010. Many of those charges were dropped, but in 2011 he pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicle theft and, after a separate arrest, to burglary.

Police said they believe Green was being hidden from police by friends and relatives. Officers were interviewing the female occupant of the apartment to see if she was intentionally hiding him from police.

Police said they have not identified anyone else involved in the shooting.

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